Tonight the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 4 - 2 to complete a three game sweep. Cliff Lee pitched a complete game victory on Tuesday night, Joe Blanton pitched six shutout innings on Wednesday night, and Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings in tonight's win. Would-be "Closer" Brad Lidge was brought in to pitch the ninth inning and surrendered one run; he did get three outs before the Nationals could take full advantage of his mistakes, so this did count as a save - albeit a somewhat shaky one. Brad missed some of his spots tonight and if he does that against a Division championship team (like the Cardinals or the Dodgers for example) he may not escape with only giving up one run in an inning of pitching. Brad Lidge is NOT back.
I wish he was pitching like he did in 2008, but he's not. Charley Manual needs to have other pitchers ready to step in, because there's only two more weeks until Playoff time. The Phillies' starting pitchers are doing fairly well right now and that's great. I only hope they can keep up the good work through the post-season games that will determine whether the Phillies can repeat as World Series Champions.