Winners in nine of Lidle’s last 11 starts, the Phillies look to continue their resurgence as they play the middle game of their interleague series with the Oakland Athletics.
The journeyman right-hander, who has pitched on six different teams over his career, has given Philadelphia stability in the back end of its rotation. Lidle is 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in seven road starts, including two straight wins.
Lidle, who pitched for Oakland from 2001-02, allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Milwaukee. He is 1-2 with a 9.18 ERA against Oakland in four career appearances, including three starts.
Philadelphia is seeking a third straight win after opening the series with a 6-1 victory on Friday. Todd Pratt’s two-run double highlighted a five-run seventh inning as the Phillies won for the 22nd time in 30 games.
The Phillies will have catcher Mike Lieberthal back in the lineup after backup Pratt started on Friday. Lieberthal was given the day off after catching all 13 innings in a 3-2 win at Seattle on Thursday.
“He caught 13 innings yesterday, and you know how that is,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
Lieberthal is mired in a 4-for-38 slide (.105) over his last eight games.
Oakland made a series of moves designed to bolster its bullpen on Friday. The A’s recalled right-hander Jairo Garcia from Triple-A Sacramento and purchased the contract of left-hander Ron Flores from Sacramento.
Garcia had a 12.71 ERA in four appearances with Oakland last season. He compiled a 1.08 ERA in 10 appearances at Double-A before being promoted to Sacramento, where he recorded six saves in 15 appearances.
Flores was added as a second left-hander behind Ricardo Rincon in the bullpen. He was 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 31 appearances for Sacramento. Garcia and Flores each pitched a scoreless innings Friday.
“We’re concerned about getting lefties out,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said of Flores. “He’s done well against them.”