Sometimes I get the feeling something is going to go terribly wrong in a baseball game, and I get ready to rewrite my game story. I got that feeling when Steve Bartman interfered with Moises Alou in left field in the NLCS in 2003.
But last night was not one of those games.
Even after Brad Lidge put a couple runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium, I still felt like Lidge was going to get out of the inning and preserve the Phillies’ 3-2 victory.
He had been throwing the ball very well since he blew back-to-back saves against the Yankees late last month. He had thrown the ball well last night, too, except for walking James Loney to put two on with two out.
But he got Russell Martin to hit a hard grounder to Pedro Feliz at third base.
Game over … except Feliz booted the ball to load the bases.
“I just missed it,” Feliz said. “I’ve got nothing more to say.”
What else could he say?
Andre Ethier followed with a double into the right-field corner to score Casey Blake and Loney to win it.
“It was a real freak thing that you’re not going to see very often,” Lidge said.
Lidge suffered his fifth blown save of the season, but I can’t pin this one on him. Feliz has to make that play.