The transcript says it all. The bullpen falters yet again and spoils a decent offensive effort because of, you guessed it, opposing home runs.
Lidge’s streak is over – even though it never should have been that long, anyway – and the Phillies are two games under .500, already 5.5 games back in the division. April is the worst.
Tomorrow afternoon, Chan Ho Park (0-0, 10.38) takes on Walter Silva (0-0, 6.52). Rain in the forecast, but it shouldn’t affect the game too greatly.
10:13 p.m.: Really, it was only a matter of time before Lidge’s tightrope act cost the Phillies a game. Feel thankful that we got through 50+ before it finally happened.
10:04 p.m.: Oh nice, another one of these games, huh? 8-5 Padres
9:58 p.m.: Congrats, Brad. It was a hell of a streak, but it had to end eventually. Tie game, 5-5
9:56 p.m.: Surprised? You shouldn’t be. This is typical.
9:49 p.m.: Utley’s homer in the eighth was his 20th career game-tying homer.
9:45 p.m.: As Pedro shatters my expectations, the Phillies retake the lead. 5-4 Phillies
9:43 p.m.: Excellent baserunning by Ibanez to get to third on the chop single by Werth. Sac fly opportunity for Feliz, but that seems unlikely. Just don’t swing at the first pitch, Pedro.
9:38 p.m.: Chase Utley, you are the man! Tie game, 4-4
9:28 p.m.: Excellent, another game that makes me want to queue up a shrink on my speed dial. It’s incredible how many non-outs occur after we get two strikes on these hitters. 4-3 Padres
9:26 p.m.: Please, don’t let the bullpen struggles continue. Get out of this, Ryan.
9:19 p.m.: New Ryan Madson is a cool dude.
9:12 p.m.: Lou Marson is getting his name catcalled every time he gets a hit. Already. Excellent! Miguel Cairo, on the other hand, is terrible.
9:03 p.m.: Myers gives way to Scott Eyre. He got better as the night went on, but still needs to keep the ball in the yard.
8:56 p.m.: People are still clinging to the wave as some kind of cool thing to do in the stands. It’s cool for five-year-olds, but it’s so tacky and meaningless that it really has no place in our park. Knock it off, will you?
8:52 p.m.: I hope Ryan Howard continues to make me look silly for even thinking trading him would be a good idea. Tie game, 3-3
8:45 p.m.: Tom McCarthy just said a young fan in a Phanatic outfit looked like a character from a show called “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.” I do not know what this is. But here’s a picture of said green thing:
8:39 p.m.: Thanks for the most enjoyable run in a while, Brett. 3-2 Padres
8:36 p.m.: Hey there! Big Stick Brett with an opposite field double off the top of the wall. That missed Dingerland by about 20 inches.
8:33 p.m.: Not sure why Headley was so mad after that strikeout. He swung at the one real non-strike during that at-bat.
8:28 p.m.: Well, judging from that double, it looks like FanGraphs knew something I didn’t. 3-1 Padres
8:23 p.m.: Though we’re only down 1, FanGraphs has our winning probability at 36 percent.
8:14 p.m.: Well, Peter Parker (Harry Homerun?) I am not.
8:09 p.m.: Now, I don’t know about you, but overexposure to opposing home runs seems to hone your sense for them. It’s like radiation from a comic book story. Example: right now, this inning is screaming “PADRES HOMER” at the top of its lungs. We’ll see if the tingle is true.
8:02 p.m.: I stand corrected. Now it’s Raul’s chance to stay hot.
8:00 p.m.: This seems like the perfect opportunity for Ryan Howard to strike out.
7:56 p.m.: Sometimes, all it takes is a dinky double like that to get someone going. For Rollins, well, it’s a microcosm. Here’s hoping he hits the Mendoza line this month.
7:53 p.m.: The Phillies have trailed at some point in each of their four wins thus far in 2009. Simultaneous hope and mega-frustration. This one will be no different if the Red Stripes are to take this one.
7:50 p.m.: When I look at Brett Myers so far this season, I find myself being reminded of Eric Milton. This is not a good thing.
7:48 p.m.: And he looms large. The runner hurts after all. 2-1 Padres
7:47 p.m.: Exactly what I hoped for! Smooth double play, but Adrian Gonzalez looms.
7:46 p.m.: Well, there goes the no-hitter. Even before that, let’s hope the strikeout/wild pitch runner, now at second, doesn’t come back to bite Myers with no outs.
7:39 p.m.: It’s ok, Lou. You’re still my boy. Now comes the ever-critical and ever-infuriating “Inning After We Score.” Will Myers give it right back?
7:37 p.m.: Tom McCarthy hit it on the head. Pedro Feliz going oppo is a startling sight.
7:33 p.m.: Wow, is Raul Ibanez on fire! Nice to hear the “outta here” call too. 1-0 Phillies
7:28 p.m.: Brett’s still dancing around the zone a little too erratically for my liking. Oh well, I’ll take a 1-2-3 inning any way it comes. Now for some bats.
7:22 p.m.: Sounds like they got some kids doing the P.A. player intros. Maybe a 12-year-old little leaguer could take more than two pitches. Like Utley, here.
7:20 p.m.: Jimmy Rollins still has yet to be fixed. He didn’t hack on the first pitch there, but count with me every time a Philly batter goes hacking at first light.
7:15 p.m.: The curveball’s break is sharp, but it’s digging holes in the dirt too far away from the plate.
7:13 p.m.: Coming in, Myers had two walks all season. Of course, he’s walked two of the first three Padres.
7:10 p.m.: I don’t hate many players. David Eckstein is still one of those … and that one nearly went out! My goodness.
7:05 p.m.: First-pitch outs are nice. Let’s hope we get out of the first inning without any home runs. Or just runs in general.
7:03 p.m.: Showing highlights of the memorial service this afternoon. An incredibly moving, emotional experience.
Pre-game: I’ll be updating this post live throughout tonight’s game as Brett Myers faces Shawn Hill. Go Phils!