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Bradley Thomas Lidge

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Twice in 2007, Brad Lidge allowed game-tying ninth-inning homers to Xavier Nady while pitching for the Houston Astros, doing so on Opening Day and again on August 24.

In 2008, Lidge saved 48 games (41 regular season & 7 post-season) in 48 save opportunities as the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series. He continued as the Phillies' closer in 2009 in spite of terrible results: he went 0-8, 7.21 in 67 games, but still managed to record 31 saves as manager Charlie Manuel kept giving him the ball in save situations. He recorded two more saves in the NLDS and one in the NLCS without giving up a run, but in his only presence in the World Series, he was lit up for three runs in one inning by the New York Yankees and was charged with the loss in Game 4.

Lidge opened the 2010 season on the disabled list and was activated on May 7. He recorded his first save two days later, pitching a 1-2-3 inning in a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. He then felt stiffness in his elbow before his next game, prompting fears that his return to form could be short-lived. He underwent an MRI test which was negative, but still went back on the disabled list on May 15th. He did manage to pitch 50 games, with a decent 2.96 ERA and 27 saves, erasing memories of his trying 2009 season. He did not give up a run in the postseason and saved a game in both the NLDS and NLCS. However, he was out with a strained rotator cuff in spring training of 2011 and missed the entire first half of the season, only making his debut on July 25th. He earned his first save of the year - his 100th in a Philly uniform - on August 3rd against the Colorado Rockies. He appeared in 25 games for the Phils, pitching quite well, as attested by his 1.40 ERA in 19 1/3 innings, during which he struck out 23 batters. He also made three appearances in the NLDS, not giving up any runs in his 2 innings.

Lidge signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals for the 2012 season, but the promise he showed in the second half of the 2011 season quickly disappeared. He was never able to find his form, making only 11 appearances during which he went 0-1 with 2 saves but a 9.64 ERA. A sports hernia sidelined him from late April to the early June. When he did pitch, he have up a whopping 11 walks and 12 hits in 9 1/3 innings. On June 17th, the Nationals designated him for assignment; in his last two outings, he had given up 3 runs to the New York Yankees on June 15th, then was charged with a loss in extra innings the next day to earn his release. That turned out to be his last major league appearances. He did not pitch again the rest of the year and did not look for a new team in 2013. On August 1, 2013, he signed a one-day contract with the Phillies so that he could officially retire as a member of the team with which he had won a World Series.

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