Jimmy Rollins' scored the go-ahead run on a miracle slide in the 12th to erase one of the all-time managing and save-situation blunders from the books in the Phillies 3-2 win over the Padres Friday night.
With Roy Oswalt absolutely dialed in through eight innings, Charlie Manuel elected to go with Brad Lidge for the save with the Phillies up 2-1. Lidge promptly loaded the bases by hitting a batter then balked in the tying run. Two shutout innings by Ryan Madson and Chad Durbin set up Rollins to lead off the 12th with a double then score on a back-of-the-bag slide just under Yorvit Torrealba's tag. Durbin closed out the bottom of the 12th to snuff out the fire for good. With the win, their first in five tries, the Phillies gained a game on the Braves and sit two back in the division race.
Beerleaguer: Ruben Amaro
keeps adding aces capable of going the distance, erasing the need to
use bullpen. Take the hint, Charlie. Oswalt is twice the pitcher. He was fantastic. As for Lidge, he shattered whatever trust he's built in the 10 games since his last blown save. To hit a guy then balk in the tying run ... no words for it.