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ATLANTA - Brad Lidge has been to a World Series, so he knows special teams have moments like this. Maybe this is one of them.
ATLANTA - Brad Lidge has been to a World Series, so he knows special teams have moments like this.
Maybe this is one of them.
"If you want things in the season to go good, you need to have some of those 'Force be With You' moments," Lidge said after the Phillies' improbable 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings last night at Turner Field. "The Force was with us tonight."
Chris Coste hit a lazy pop fly down the right-field line with two outs and two on in the top of the ninth inning with the Phillies down a run. Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson coasted underneath the ball to make the routine play.
The crowd roared in anticipation of a Braves victory.
But then . . .
. . . Johnson dropped the ball, and Eric Bruntlett scored the tying run from second.
"I was really disappointed that I got a pitch I should have handled and cost us the game," Coste said.
The Turner Field scoreboard operator thought Coste had lost the game, too. He put an X in the bottom half of the ninth inning line score in center field because he thought the Braves had won.
Except the Phillies had just been given new life.
Pinch-hitter Chris Snelling led off the 10th inning with a double to right-center field. It was Snelling's first at-bat since the Phillies activated him from the disabled list Monday. Jimmy Rollins sacrificed pinch-runner So Taguchi to third to put the go-ahead run 90 feet from home plate.
Shane Victorino just needed to get the ball to the outfield.
He did better than that. He ripped a triple to right-center field to score Taguchi and give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Chase Utley followed with a double to put them up, 4-2.
Lidge picked up his 16th save, but he threw in a heart attack or two just for fun. The Braves had runners on second and third with two outs when Yunel Escobar singled to center to score Josh Anderson with Gregor Blanco headed home to tie the game. Victorino fired home, and plate umpire Alfonso Marquez called out Blanco by half a foot.
"That was awesome, honestly," Lidge said. "Just a weird night. . . . Like I said, the Force was with us tonight."
It was a good way for the Phillies to start their three-city, nine-game road trip through Atlanta, Florida and St. Louis. But if the rest of the road trip is like this, don't forget to bring the heart medication.
And the Force.