Phillies 10, Brewers 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Cory Lidle returned to what works—throwing strikes, making batters put the ball in play early—for his best game of the season.
“I felt like the old me,” Lidle said.
Lidle homered and threw a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season, Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam and had a career-best five RBIs, and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Milwaukee Brewers’ losing streak to 11 with a 10-0 victory Sunday.
Lidle worked more on his mechanics and his approach during recent bullpen sessions with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan. The results paid off with first-pitch strikes on 24 batters.
“Sometimes you just forget what made you successful,” Lidle said.
Lidle (8-12) was terrific in his first win with the Phillies, striking out a season-high nine, walking one and not allowing a runner past second base in his fourth career shutout. The right-hander was 0-2 with a no-decision since he was acquired from Cincinnati on Aug. 9.
It was also Lidle’s fourth complete game this season, tied for second in the National League with Arizona’s Randy Johnson.
Lidle kept Philadelphia’s faint playoff hopes alive. The Phillies moved six games behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race with the Cubs’ 10-3 loss to Houston.
“There’s definitely a chance, but we have to play our best ball the rest of the season,” Lidle said.
General manager Ed Wade said Bowa’s job is safe for at least the rest of the season. Bowa said he was tired of discussing his status, and took issue with a question about why Philadelphia hasn’t had more games like this.
“I know why—all the injuries,” he said. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist. People don’t want to look at it. Common sense is all it is.”
The Phillies had 16 hits, and Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu, Placido Polanco and Byrd all had three each. Polanco added two doubles and three runs for Philadelphia, which swept a three-game series at Milwaukee last week and is 6-0 against the Brewers this season. The Phillies have just six victories in their last 16 games, all against the Brewers.
Wes Obermueller (4-7) gave up 10 hits and four runs in five innings for the Brewers. Milwaukee seemed listless and didn’t have a hit after the fifth.
“I just think they have to take a hard look at themselves and realize they’re better than this,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “It seemed like there was a lot of feeling sorry for themselves out there. I won’t stand for that. They have to say, ‘I’m sick of this. I’m tired of this.”’
The Phillies led 6-0 in the seventh when Byrd hit his second career grand slam off Pedro Liriano. Byrd went 3-for-4 to break out of a 1-for-23 slump.
Byrd was the starting center fielder on opening day and considered the center fielder of the future, but a .224 start earned him a demotion to Triple-A Scranton on June 21. He was recalled on July 31 and hasn’t done any better, batting .224 since he was recalled.
“It’s been a long season for me, so that felt great,” Byrd said. “People say I’m slumping, but I’ve had three web gems against me in three different series.”
The Phillies led 1-0 in the third when Lidle hit first career homer, a solo shot to left. He came in hitting only .130 this year with two RBIs and joined Randy Wolf (three) as Philadelphia pitchers with homers.
“I knew I hit it good, but I didn’t know if it was going to get out of here,” said Lidle, who added two sacrifice bunts.
Polanco doubled in the fourth and sixth, scoring each time. Rollins made it 5-0 in the sixth on a two-out double.
The Phillies will call up RHP Gavin Floyd from Triple-A Scranton this week. Floyd, considered one of their top prospects, is tentatively scheduled to start Friday against the Mets. “We’ve got to be careful with him. He’s pitched a lot of innings,” Bowa said. … Floyd would take Wolf’s place after he strained his left elbow in Saturday’s start. Wolf will have an MRI on Monday. … OF Pat Burrell, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with a strained left wrist, will start a rehabilitation assignment Monday at Double-A Reading. RHP Ryan Madson, on the DL since July 26 with a sprained right little finger, will throw an inning at Reading. … Byrd’s other grand slam was Aug. 27, 2003, against Montreal.