Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez tied a club record with a pair of grand slams, with Ibanez's shot capping a six-run, go-ahead eighth, as the Phils out-slugged Washington in a 13-11 Citizens Bank Park special.
Meanwhile, injury and general pitching concerns put a damper the post-game celebration. Closer Brad Lidge is listed as day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee, according to Charlie Manuel's postgame press conference. An MRI revealed no structural damage, he said. Elsewhere, catcher Carlos Ruiz will be reevaluated in Philadelphia tomorrow after experiencing discomfort during batting practice.
As for the game, I hate to be a wet blanket, but the way they're slugging out comeback wins is not a formula for prolonged success. Joe Blanton reminded me of 2006 Jon Lieber, up in the zone, no movement. Washington jacked it up all night. Because of the nature of the games this season, it's anyone's guess how the relievers will be used. Relievers like it better when they know their roles. Throw in the unknown status of Lidge's knee and the bullpen, which is starting to show cracks from the ninth inning down, moves right to the top of the list of concerns.
With May right around the corner, it's not a bad time to ask whether the best pitchers are in place considering what they have at their disposal.
Update: Just watched Brad Lidge discuss his injury on Comcast and was not encouraged.