Thursday, October 2, 2014

Simulation Series: Perfect streak comes to an end for Lidge


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
Last updated: October 2 2014, 3:45 PM EDT.
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Game 1: 1929 Athletics 2, 2008 Phillies 1 

Brad Lidge may have put together a perfect season in 2008, but he faltered on Thursday as the 1929 Athletics trumped the 2008 Phillies at Shibe Park in Game 1 of their best-of-five series, 2-1.

Bevo LeBourveao, the most unlikely of heroes, lined a Lidge fastball past the outstretched glove of a diving Ryan Howard and into right field to score Jimmie Foxx to secure a walk-off win for the top-seeded Athletics.

Foxx opened the bottom of the final frame with a double and advanced to third on a Jimmy Dykes sacrifice bunt. Two batters later LeBourveao was called on to pinch-hit for Eddie Rommel and came through with the game-winning hit.  All told, Lidge surrendered two hits and walked one before LeBourveao claimed the game-winning hit.

"Lidge just didn't have it tonight," said manager Charlie Manuel. "Shame to see this streak come to an end now in a postseason game."

LeBourveao appeared in just 12 games with the Athletics in 1929, primarily as a pinch-hitter.

"He's been a solid hitter his entire career in the minors." said Connie Mack. "Him coming through like this really isn't a surprise for me."

The 2008 Phillies scored first in the fifth inning with Chase Utley driving in Cole Hamels via an RBI-double. The Athletics countered in the bottom of the frame with Foxx hitting a leadoff home run.

Lefty Grove tossed 8 2/3 innings for the Athletics, scattering six hits while striking out eight. Rommel notched the final out in the ninth to record the win.

Cole Hamels was pulled for a pinch-hitter after six innings. He surrendered four hits and struck out two.

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