Phils Lose Game, Series, on Brad Lidge Walkoff Hit By Pitch

Phils Lose Game, Series, on Brad Lidge Walkoff Hit By Pitch

Watching all 10 innings of the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, it kind of felt like watching a back-to-back doubleheader. Problem is, the Phillies only won the first one.

Roy Halladay weathered a two-run first inning and was picked up by his offense, who answered with two of their own in the top of the next frame. Carlos Ruiz homered with Raul Ibanez on base before Chase Utley rocked a solo shot in the third inning. Doc didn't allow another run through five, and the game became official just before it was halted for a rain delay. Halladay's outing was over, but another game loomed with a start time of 4:30. It didn't end as well as the first, particularly for Brad Lidge.

With spot starter/long man Kyle Kendrick unavailable due to pitching for Roy Oswalt after a long rain delay on Friday, the Phillies turned to Michael Schwimer. The second pitch of Schwimer's career left the yard off the bat of Danny Espinosa. As if that's not bad enough, Schwimer did the pop-up point-out thing.

It could only get better from there for Schwimer, and it did. The rookie retired eight of the next nine batters he faced, and no more runs. In the top of the ninth, Ibanez and Ruiz were again a big part of the offense, with Raul drawing a walk and Ruiz singling him to second. Michael Martinez singled to bring in Ibanez, and the Phils entered the ninth up 4-3.

Antonio Bastardo came into the game and racked up three strikeouts. Unfortunately, he gave up a solo shot to Ian Desmond between K's two and three. Aside from that dinger, Bastardo looked untouchable. The remaining fans were on their feet with two strikes and two outs, as close to certain of a win as you can get. But the remnants of a rain-soaked crowd were in store for an even longer day, as Bastardo hung one a bit, and Desmond drilled it out to left.

After a scoreless top of the tenth, Brad Lidge took over for Bastardo, at which point it got pretty ugly for the Phils and their pilgrims. Lidge allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman. Lidge got behind in the count to Michael Morse, and with everyone in the park knowing he'd have to rely on a fastball to get back in the at bat, the Phils put on the sign for a free pass. Jayson Werth thankfully didn't deliver the winning run, but he did load the bases with a single.

Lidge struck out Espinosa, but then induced vomiting around the Delaware Valley, rather than a double play. Lidge hit Jonny Gomes' giant padded elbow with a pitch, and the game was over. The bullpen blew a save for the second third time this series, and then gave up the winning run on a HBP. Other than a shitty end to the DC trip, there's not much to worry about here.

Jimmy Rollins Leaves
Oh, except Jimmy Rollins left the gain with a groin strain. He's said to be day-to-day, but will get an MRI. We'll keep you posted, but it's certainly not great news.

The Doc Who Stares at Goats
One of the more entertaining moments of the game came when Halladay struck out Werth for the first of two times, both times looking. Werth flipped his bat down, and drew the ire of the ump and Doc, who gave him a solid stare.

Up Next
The Phils come home for a series against the Mets, followed by a weekend set with the Marlins.

Flyers' loss changes complexion after questionable penalty on Gudas

Flyers' loss changes complexion after questionable penalty on Gudas

There are good penalties. And bad penalties. And penalties which aren’t even penalties.

The last one would perfectly describe Radko Gudas’ hip check on Miles Wood that was whistled as clipping by referee Dan O’Halloran in the second period.

Even Wood was laughing as Gudas went to the box, realizing what a break he had gotten – a power play for nothing.

“He’s a pretty quick D-man,” Wood said. “I don’t think it should have been a call, but it was a good hit by him.”

That gave the Devils a power play. Then, when Wayne Simmond argued the call with O'Halloran, Simmonds drew two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. The resulting 5-on-3 New Jersey power play saw the Devils score to break a 1-1 tie.

Minutes later, the Flyers had a bad line change and it was 3-1. Game over. The Devils would go on to win, 4-1 (see game story).

Bottom line? The Gudas call changed everything.

“I was really surprised,” Gudas said. “I didn’t think it was a penalty at all.”

Is this oversimplifying the game to say everything changed with that one call?

“Are we really simplifying it?” Gudas asked. “I think that after those calls we have to get together as a group and make sure we kill these off. Unfortunately, we let them score on that power play. It was just unlucky.”

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol called it “an excellent hit” by Gudas. He wouldn’t go deeper than that.

The six muffed power plays gave him enough reason to believe the Flyers could have gotten back in it. His Flyers are 3-9-3 since winning 10 games.

You can’t underestimate how those two calls turned the tables on the Flyers in this game.

“Everyone has their own opinion on the hit and we were obviously frustrated on the hit,” Travis Konecny said. “We thought it was a clean hit and we reacted to it. We have everyone’s backs.

“We have all had the one’s where we are angry with the ref and the one who made a hit like that. There is a time for that moment there.”

Goalie Michal Neuvirth thought it was a difference maker.

“Oh, absolutely, we were playing better in the second period,” he said. “I thought we had a momentum. You know stuff like that 5-on-3 for two minutes, it’s tough to defend.

“I think it’s taking way too many penalties lately and you got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are on quite a nice roll.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, giving New York its third straight win and fourth in the last five games.

"We've been keeping it simple of late," said Lee, who has four goals in two games against the Kings this season. "We've been getting shots on net and being more effective. I'll do my thing down low."

John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored and Jean-Francois Berube stopped 34 shots to earn his first win in his third start of the season (see full recap).

Hartnell snaps tie as Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets would just as soon forget the second period of Saturday's game, when the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it.

Columbus didn't play much better in the third but withstood 15 shots and killed three penalties. Midway through, Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game , and the Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2.

Columbus got the win despite being outshot 37-20.

Hartnell scored in the first period and then netted the tiebreaker, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a horrendous second period - in which they managed only two shots on goal - to beat Carolina for the second time this week (see full recap).

Beagle scores in overtime, Capitals beat Stars 4-3
DALLAS -- Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov skated behind the net and put the puck in front to Beagle. His wrist shot beat goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got tangled with a defender and lost his footing.

The Stars led 3-1 and didn't allow Washington a power play until the third period, but then Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie scored with the man advantage in the first 5:26 of the period.

Adam Cracknell and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas on plays that originally were ruled no goal. Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist for the Stars (see full recap).

Bogosian scores in overtime, Sabres edge Canadiens 3-2
MONTREAL -- The Sabres couldn't score from in close on All-Star goalie Carey Price late in regulation Saturday night.

So Zach Bogosian teed it up from a ways out in overtime to lift Buffalo.

Bogosian scored his first goal of the season in overtime and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

Buffalo nearly broke through against Price near the end of the third period. Price made a pad save on Matt Moulson on a breakaway at 19:40, and then with six seconds remaining, he robbed Rasmus Ristolainen with a windmill glove save (see full recap).