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Padres prevail as Phils' Lidge blows first save since '07

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PHILADELPHIA -- It is not often a closer in Philadelphia blows a save and gets a standing ovation.

But Brad Lidge is an exception, a player whose perfection was applauded by the sellout crowd, even in the face of his first blown save with the Phillies. The right-hander allowed four runs, including a three-run homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff, and the San Diego Padres beat the Phillies 8-5 on Saturday night.

Lidge (0-1) was a perfect 48-for-48, including the playoffs, in save chances last year in his first season with the Phillies. He hadn't blown a save opportunity since Sept. 23, 2007, when he was with Houston. His regular-season streak ended at 47.

"I tried not to think about what it would feel like when it ended," said Lidge, who has been shaky at times this season. "Now that it's over, I've proud of what I did, but this is a new season and I need to pitch better. I need to get myself back on track and start a new streak. I'm not pitching my best right now."

Lidge, who was presented with the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award before the game, entered in the ninth to protect a one-run lead. But Jody Gerut led off with a double and scored from third to tie it at 5-5 on Brian Giles' grounder to first base, and first baseman Ryan Howard playing back.

Manager Charlie Manuel said that he played the infield back with one out and a runner on third because the heart of the Padres' order was coming up.

With two outs, Lidge walked Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley before Kouzmanoff hit one out to left field.

Manuel removed Lidge to a standing ovation from the packed house at Citizens Bank Park.

"Normally, you're not happy in a situation like that, but it made me feel good," Lidge said of the ovation. "I'm still not happy with how we performed, but I appreciate our fans."

Heath Bell, a full-time closer for the first time in his career, retired the Phillies in the ninth inning for his league-leading seventh save, running the Padres' winning streak and the Phillies' losing streak to three.

"I feel bad for him," Bell said. "In a closer way I feel bad for him, but I'm happy we won."

The Padres have done a lot of winning lately, starting off 9-3 and are tied for first in the NL West with the Dodgers. Cla Meredith (3-0) got the last two outs in the eighth for the victory.

Chase Utley, Howard and Raul Ibanez homered for the Phillies. Utley's solo shot off Duaner Sanchez leading off the eighth inning tied the game at 4.

Ibanez hit his team-leading fourth home run, a one-out shot in the second, but Gonzalez gave the Padres a 2-1 lead with a third-inning shot to center field.

Hours before the game, an estimated 9,000 fans -- many whom arrived well before sunrise -- walked through Citizens Bank Park and said goodbye to Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

The Phillies also held an afternoon memorial service for Kalas, who died Monday at age 73, while preparing in Washington for a Phillies-Nationals game.

Many mourners wept as they passed Kalas' casket, located behind home plate, and celebrated Kalas' life during a 90-minute on-field tribute. The ceremony ended with a family friend singing the first verse to High Hopes! and a video of Kalas singing the second verse.

Notes

  • Phillies P Jamie Moyer was among a group who spoke at the memorial service for Kalas, held Saturday afternoon. Others included Mayor Michael Nutter, Gov. Ed Rendell and Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt.
  • Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and center fielder Shane Victorino received their Rawlings Gold Gloves before the game.
  • Padres starter Walter Silva will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 13. He will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Josh Geer, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Phillies.
 
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Brad Lidge leaves in dejection for the first time since Sept. 23, 2007, when he was with Houston. (AP)
Brad Lidge leaves in dejection for the first time since Sept. 23, 2007, when he was with Houston. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF5220010 .333
David Eckstein, 2B4120102 .295
Brian Giles, RF5012013 .163
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2212310 .268
Chase Headley, LF2200321 .283
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5133003 .239
Nick Hundley, C5011031 .276
Luis Rodriguez, SS4000013 .240
Shawn Hill, P2000001 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000010 .091
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000012 .400
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals368108711  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 7th
b-struck out for Moreno in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jody Gerut (4, Lidge), David Eckstein (5, Myers), Brian Giles (2, Myers), Kevin Kouzmanoff (1, Myers)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (4, Myers), Kevin Kouzmanoff (1, Lidge)
RBI - Brian Giles 2 (6), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (10), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (5), Nick Hundley (5)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (6), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (2, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
Shawn Hill 5322131 3.60
Luke Gregerson (BS,1) 1111021 3.38
Edwin Moreno 1100010 0.00
Duaner Sanchez (BS,1) 0.1222001 6.75
Cla Meredith (W,3-0) 0.2100000 0.00
Heath Bell (S,7) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 91-55, Luke Gregerson 18-14, Edwin Moreno 7-7, Duaner Sanchez 8-7, Cla Meredith 9-5, Heath Bell 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 6-8, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Duaner Sanchez 1-0, Cla Meredith 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 21, Luke Gregerson 4, Edwin Moreno 4, Duaner Sanchez 3, Cla Meredith 3, Heath Bell 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010012 .133
Shane Victorino, CF4001001 .220
Chase Utley, 2B4111012 .378
Ryan Howard, 1B3111100 .300
Raul Ibanez, LF4221023 .375
Jayson Werth, RF4010010 .275
Pedro Feliz, 3B3001011 .313
Lou Marson, C3010001 .500
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .143
    Chris Coste, C0000000 .222
Brett Myers, P2110000 .200
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000001 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P00000001.000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1000010 .200
Totals3558517  
a-grounded out for Marson in the 8th
b-popped out-bunting for Eyre in the 7th
c-struck out for Durbin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (2, Hill), Brett Myers (1, Hill)
HR - Chase Utley (3, Sanchez), Ryan Howard (2, Gregerson), Raul Ibanez (4, Hill)
SF - Shane Victorino (2), Pedro Feliz (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (4), Chase Utley (9), Ryan Howard (9), Raul Ibanez (8), Pedro Feliz (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 6.2633461 5.03
Scott Eyre 0.1000010 0.00
Ryan Madson 1211130 6.00
Brad Lidge (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2244201 9.45
Chad Durbin 0.1000010 9.00
WP - Brett Myers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 108-66, Scott Eyre 6-3, Ryan Madson 30-21, Brad Lidge 26-11, Chad Durbin 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-6, Brad Lidge 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Scott Eyre 1, Ryan Madson 6, Brad Lidge 6, Chad Durbin 1
Game Information
Attendance - 45007
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz