The Padres snapped Brad Lidge's streak of 47-consecutive saves in another rough night by the Phillies' bullpen, taking an 8-5 loss. The Phillies have lost three straight.
Beerleaguer: The season is only 10 games old, but you could already argue that the bullpen will be worse than last year, which just about everyone assumed it would be. Nights like Friday generally didn't occur in '08, and what happened tonight didn't happen at all. Lidge's last blown save came Sept. 23, 2007. The Phillies were 79-0 when leading after eight innings last season. Lidge does not look close to the lights-out pitcher who struck out Eric Hinske with the final pitch of the World Series. He's missing his fastball; no command or pop. Tonight, the Padres stayed patient and made him throw strikes. I watch Lidge and I worry that he's starting to leak oil. But Lidge isn't the only problem. After last night's blown save, Ryan Madson didn't have it, either. So now the Phillies need to deal with the possibility of having their two most import relievers overcome some shaken confidence. And when Lidge and Madson aren't automatic, the holes in the bullpen become even more apparent.
Tonight makes four eight-run games in a row by the opposition. You think it's safe to say this pitching staff has some early issues?