If you were waiting to see how the Phillies would handle the return of Brad Lidge, the answer came Friday night. Lidge was not eased back into the closer's role. Jose Contreras started the eighth inning but hit a batter and walked one and was replaced by J.C. Romero. Lidge started the ninth in a one-run game.
Lidge pitched 1 -2-3 inning for his second save of the season, including strikeouts of Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley. He threw 8 of his 11 pitches for strikes and had good life on his fastball. More importantly, the slider had a lot of movement and that's the key pitch for Lidge. If get gets ahead in the count, the pitch is deadly. Lidge returned Monday from his second stint on the disabled list and has thrown two scoreless innings.
It's apparently clear that Charlie Manuel has a lot of confidence in Lidge. As long as Lidge is healthy, he's the closer in Philadelphia.