Brad Lidge was about to blow his first save of the season … but the 2007 MVP bailed him out with an incredible diving stop, starting the double play that won the National League East for the Phillies. The 2008 champs won, 4-3, over the Nationals.
Jamie Moyer picked up the win, his 16th, with a fantastic six-inning performance. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out a batter in his final pitch. The 45-year-old set it up, gave the Phils the chance to win, and pitched one of the better games of his Phillie career.
The Phils ran out to the lead with two sacrifice flies in the fourth inning. Pat Burrell knocked one in first, then Carlos Ruiz hit one. The Phils went up 3-1 on a just-enough home run by Jayson Werth.
With a 3-1 lead, Ryan Madson got into trouble in the eighth. But with the help of a spectacular play by Jimmy Rollins — who made a bunch of awesome plays in this game — the damage was only one run. For the most part, the bullpen held it together.
Luckily for the Phils, the big hit was a Pedro Feliz gapper to score Shane Victorino in the bottom of the eighth. With a two-run lead, “insurance run” never meant more. Brad Lidge gave up a run and loaded the bases in the ninth. There was one out …
Never in doubt.