Saturday, May 23, 2009

2007 Topps 52 #145 J.A. Happ

OK. So that didn't go exactly as planned. The Phillies led the Yankees this afternoon, 4-2, going into the bottom of the 9th. Brad Lidge surrendered 3 runs in the 9th and the bad guys won, 5-4. And that's all I'm going to say about that. Cole Hamels takes the hill tomorrow to try to win the rubber match of the series.

Some positives from today:
- J.A. Happ: In his first start of the year, J. allowed only 2 runs over 6 innings, striking out 4.
- John Mayberry, Jr.: Starting in right field, John homered and doubled in his Major League debut.
- Raul Ibañez: Raul hit his Major League leading 17th home run. Is this guy for real?

Some negatives from today:
- Brad Lidge: See above. Brad is now 0-2 with 3 blown saves and a 9.16 ERA.
- Fox: After John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first career home run, the cameras located John Mayberry, Sr. in the stands and focused on his reaction after the home run and over the next few innings. Except it wasn't actually John Mayberry, Sr. It was a random dude in the stands. Fox later found the real John Mayberry, Sr., interviewed him, and apologized to the viewers for its earlier mistake.


Matt Runyon said...

What is Lidge's problem? Bummer of a game. :(

Jim said...

Part of the problem is he's not locating his fastball. His slider is dropping off the table, but he hasn't been able to effectively use his fastball so far this year. Phillies fans were spoiled last year with his perfect season, so it makes watching him suffer so much harder this year!