Skip to main content

Lidge Shaky, T-Mac Honored in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ- Brad Lidge made his second rehab appearance for the Double A Reading Phillies on Thursday night and it didn't go as well as the veteran reliever or the team had hoped. Lidge struggled with his command and turned in a rather poor outing for the club that entered the night in a playoff race, 1 game behind division rival Trenton for the Wild Card spot in the Eastern Division.

On the disabled list since spring training with a strained right rotator cuff, Lidge experienced an elbow strain when he was working back from that issue in late May.

In his outing against the Yankees affiliate in Trenton, Lidge displayed difficulty with his control as he threw three wild pitches, hit two batters, walked another and gave up a single, all while letting up two earned runs on 28 pitches in 2/3 of an inning.

After the disappointing performance, Lidge was composed and focused on some positive aspects, having reached 89 and 90 MPH on scouts' radar guns, according to some reports.

"It was a step up for my velocity, it was a step back for my control. But we've got some outings (left) to work on that," Lidge said. "It was a poor outing control wise, but it was a good outing because I felt healthy."

The 34-year-old right-hander threw a scoreless inning earlier this week as Reading played host to the Thunder. He's seen progress in his own pitches and was not discouraged by his rough second outing against Trenton.

"I'm in the area now, where I feel like my stuff has gotten just about all the way back," Lidge stated. "My control is not quite where I want it. Surprisingly, my first couple outings, my control was real good, and tonight it wasn't, so it's kind of more of a realistic- I'm not quite there yet."

Lidge is targeting a return to the Phillies on Friday, July 22nd, following three more rehab appearances. The plan currently has Lidge pitching in back to back games with Reading at Trenton on Saturday and Sunday. He would then rest for two days and pitch again the following Wednesday, possibly at Lakewood.

As for what role Lidge could fill the rest of the way for the Phillies in 2011, that is not clear, but Lidge was sure that he'll simply try to do his best, no matter which inning he pitches or what assignment he receives.

"The way I view it is, I want to let (Phillies manager) Charlie (Manuel) know that I'm healthy to throw any outing, any time of the game that he wants me to throw," Lidge said. "I'd like to be able to get all the way back and be able to close again, but this year Madson and Bastardo have done an outstanding job and I want them to continue to do an outstanding job, so that we can keep winning games. There's no other way to look at it."

Trenton won the contest by a score of 9-5. Reading starter JC Ramirez (7-9, 4.22 ERA) took the loss, allowing 7 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

On a more positive note, the Thunder held a pregame ceremony to honor current Phillies television play-by-play man Tom McCarthy, who was Trenton's original radio voice, and inducted him into the Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame. The team also named the home team broadcast booth after McCarthy, who attended the event with his wife Meg and their sons.

"It's unbelievable," McCarthy told the media following the pregame ceremony on the Waterfront Park field. "I am unbelievably humbled by everything...the whole thing. The radio booth part of it is just remarkable, it really is. But I will cherish it and the moment more than anything else that I've had."

McCarthy, who joins DeMarlo Hale, David Eckstein, Tony Clark and Nomar Garciaparra, among others, in the Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame, said that earlier in the day he had gotten some joking words of encouragement from one of his broadcast partners, former Phillie Gary "Sarge" Matthews Sr. The tip didn't help much, however.

"Sarge said to me today, 'Make sure you don't cry.' I said, 'I'm not gonna cry, Sarge!' Well, I felt myself...I was pretty teary, I really was. I was pretty teary, because I think about all the people that were such a big part of this. Whether it be Jim Maloney, Sam Plumeri, or Larry O'Rourke, you know, people that aren't around any more. People that, in their own way, all had an impact on the success of this franchise."

Reading is in Trenton through the weekend, as the two clubs continue their four-game series. Game two, at 7:05PM Friday, will feature R-Phils righty Tyler Cloyd (3-1, 3.48 ERA) taking on Trenton left-hander Steve Garrison (2-6, 6.98 ERA).

________________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

You can also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 LHP JoJo Romero

JoJo Romero, image- Jay Floyd With a growing crop of very talented pitching prospects in the Phillies organization, left-hander JoJo Romero is certainly among the standouts. The five-foot-11 200-pounder was the Phils’ 4th round draft selection in 2016. That year he helped Yavapai College, the same school that the Phillies drafted Kenny Giles from in 2011, clinch the JuCo World Series, leading the way with an 11-5 record, a 3.64 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 mark. He also tossed a complete game gem to earn the win in their title game. After signing with the Phillies, Romero made his professional debut as a member of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. There, he notched a 2-2 record with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 31 and walking 11 in 45 2/3 innings. In 2017, he got off to a terrific start with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 13 starts, Romero tallied a 5-1 record with a 2.11 ERA and a 9.3 K/9 mark and was honored as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. R

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'

Diekman a Late Addition to Mesa AFL Roster

On Wednesday, Phillies lefty pitching prospect Jacob Diekman made his Arizona Fall League debut. Diekman, who was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 amateur draft, was assigned to Mesa late, in order to increase his 2010 innings total, according to Mesa hitting coach Mark Parent, who managed Diekman in Lakewood this past season. Diekman, 23, posted a 2-0 record with 1.90 ERA in 21 games with Class A Lakewood before being promoted to High-A Clearwater on June 24th. In 24 games with the Threshers, Diekman went 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA. Combined, Diekman tossed 55 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .187 batting average against at two levels in 2010. However, after not pitching in an official game since he threw a shutout inning to wrap up the Clearwater season on September 5th, Diekman was unable to record an out as all seven batters he faced reached base, six with hits, one on an error. Diekman was charged with 5 earned runs in the outing. Diekman had spent time at instructional ball f