Man, Bobby Abreu is so easy to get annoyed with. There was a shot to the warning track late in the game which it seemed like could have been an easy out, but as soon as he hits the warning track he gets disoriented. Then he couldn't get Nick Johnson's hit in the bottom of the ninth. I understand he didn't want to let the ball get by him, allowing the tying run to score, but couldn't he have made that catch to end the game? Eh, maybe I am just bashing the guy, maybe I listen to 610 WIP too much.
A win is a win and the Phillies hadn't seen one in a few days. Billy Wags made us sweat it out, but eventually got the job done. Not a bad outing by Lidle, I'll take the win.
In an interesting move, Charlie Manuel played Placido Polanco in Left. I'm assuming this has to do with Burrell coming up gimpy at first Sunday night. Has Polanco ever played left before? Well, I just did 30 seconds of research and found this from Yahoo! Sports:
With Phillies OFs Pat Burrell (groin) and Kenny Lofton (hamstring)
nursing injuries, 2B Polanco made the first outfield start of his major league
career. Polanco made five putouts in left, before being replaced by Lofton in
the ninth. ... Wagner is the fourth left-hander with 250 saves, joining John
Franco (424), Randy Myers (347) and Dave Righetti (252).
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