HOUSTON -- Former Houston Astro Brad Lidge walked into Minute Maid Park today and the memories -- good and bad -- came flooding back.
The 31-year-old closer returned for the first time since the
Astros traded him to Philadelphia last November.
The Phillies and Astros have a four-game series. Lidge was
11-for-11 in save chances with a 0.45 ERA heading into -tonight's-
Lidger, before the opener, said he was excited to be back and he
even said hello to some guys in the Astros clubhouse.
Lidge emerged as one of the game's dominant closers with the
Astros in 2004, striking out 157 batters.
He saved a career-high 42 games in 2005, striking out 103.
Then came the infamous home run to Albert Pujols in Game five of
the 2005 NL Championship Series.
Lidge blew six saves with a 5.28 ERA in 2006, then lost eight
more saves in 2007.