The Phillies and Marlins Series had many bumps and bruises as well as unsung heroes for both teams. Sometimes a hero can hit a clutch home run, pitch a perfect game, make a diving catch. Sometimes an unlikely hero is born from the minor leagues to pitch to one batter and make dividends.
Yesterday had an unlikely hero. Clay Condrey came into the game with two outs in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, and induced a ground out to end a huge Florida threat.
It was the first meaningful, tight-game pitching he’s done in some time. Charlie Manuel said he thought he was the right man for the spot, saying he had a hunch.
For Condrey, the spot demonstrates his importance in the bullpen. Sure he’s the sixth man (behind Lidge, Madson, Romero, Durbin and Eyre), but especially now, he’s needed to help extinguish flames. Sometimes long relievers need to be money relievers. And with a 3.36 ERA, it’s not as if he can’t be a money reliever sometimes.
It’s awesome to see when guys such as Condrey make big contributions. It’s the kind of stuff that makes a team a pennant-winning team. Brad Lidge also connected for his 40th save in 40 chances.