It should have been one of the best wins of the year. Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees made it the season's worst heartbreaker.
A-Rod's two-run homer to tie it and Melky Cabrera's single to win it added up to Brad Lidge's third blown save of the season, ruining a brilliant afternoon by J.A. Happ and a stunning Major League debut for John Mayberry, who ripped a three-run homer off Andy Pettitte. Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson did the job to make Mayberry's lead stick until Lidge's ninth, further evidence that the best-equipped reliever to finish games may have been the pitcher who worked the eighth.
Beerleaguer: Actually, here's no dancing around it. Lidge and his north of nine ERA needs a break from the ninth, even if it means a trip to the DL. Maybe it's emotions getting the best of me after watching Happ paint the outside edges for two hours, and seeing Mayberry pump the Phils with some fresh blood with a 2-for-3, 3 RBI debut. Maybe it wasn't as bad as it looks. A-Rod is A-Rod after all, and this is the way the Yankees win their games. But how much longer can the Phillies afford to watch their closer get his brains beat in at the expense of great efforts like these? Three-run leads against the Nationals only come along so often for Lidge to tinker with his fastball. Perhaps those outings should come against Toledo in a rehab assignment.