Houston (58-60) at Philadelphia (59-60)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
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With their playoff hopes fading fast, the Philadelphia Phillies hope that recently acquired Cory Lidle can continue to have his way with the Houston Astros as the teams play the middle game of their set at Citizens Bank Park.

Acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on July 9, Lidle is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts against the the Astros this season.

Lidle is coming off a 3-1 home loss to Colorado in his Phillies debut on Thursday. The right-hander took the mound on three days’ rest and struggled with his control, walking three and giving up three hits over five innings.

“I got tired a little bit quicker than usual, but I thought I threw a pretty good game,” said Lidle, who also had four strikeouts.

After coming into Tuesday’s game five games behind San Francisco for the NL wild card, the Phillies lost their fifth in a row and fell to 1-7 on their current 10-game homestand.

At 59-60, Philadelphia is under .500 for the first time since May 7.

Raul Chavez, who had 12 RBIs in 107 previous at-bats, hit a three-run double as the Astros won their second in a row and third in nine games.

Roger Clemens will start for the Astros, getting his first look at the Phillies after spending his first 20 seasons with Boston, Toronto and the New York Yankees.

Clemens, who signed with the Astros this past offseason, is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA in nine road starts this year.

The six-time Cy Young award winner had a rough beginning in his last start, allowing a pair of homers and four runs in the first two innings at Montreal on Friday. The right-hander blanked the Expos the rest of the way, and finished the game with four walks and six hits over six innings— an outing the Astros ended up losing 6-5 in 12 innings. Clemens didn’t receive the decision.

“Stuff-wise, my stuff was as good or better than it was six days ago,” he said.

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Starting Pitchers

R. Clemens NYY vs. C. Lidle NYY
18-4 Record 12-12
2.98 ERA 4.90
218 K 126
79 BB 61
1.16 WHIP 1.35