11/02/09 1:12 AM EST
Phillies Short Hops: Game 4
Lidge can't hold off Yankees after Feliz's clutch homer
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
After Brad Lidge surrendered the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth, the Phillies now face elimination for the first time since 2007.
Pedro Feliz hit a towering solo home run to left field off Joba Chamberlain to tie the game with two outs in the eighth. Big number
6 -- Number of teams to win a World Series after trailing three games to one. 37 teams have lost. Game balls
In addition to his big homer in the eighth, Feliz singled twice, knocking in Howard in the fifth.
Utley, who homered twice against Sabathia in Game 1, took him deep in the seventh inning Sunday. He also doubled in a run in the first.
Howard displayed his wheels in Game 4. He recorded his first career postseason stolen base after singling in the fourth. And when Feliz singled to left, Howard motored around the bases and collided with Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, knocking the ball loose to score the Phils' second run.
Sense of October
Lefty Jamie Moyer, sidelined because of muscle tears around his groin, still squatted to catch the ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. Moyer, 46, made his big league debut against Carlton in 1986.
4 AB, 2 H, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Comment: Utley has four hits and three home runs in this World Series. All have come against Sabathia.
IP, 3 R, 3 H, K, HBP
Comment: Lidge came out of the gate strong in his first appearance this World Series, entering to his old warmup music and quickly retiring Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter. But then Johnny Damon singled, Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch, Alex Rodriguez doubled and Jorge Posada doubled, saddling Lidge with the loss.
"I guess that went real well in Hollywood -- they make a grand speech and everybody turns around and becomes superheroes. But we all know what we have to do." -- Jimmy Rollins Next step
It's up to Cliff Lee to extend the Phillies' season. The left-hander, so dominant in Game 1, will square off against A.J. Burnett on Monday, hoping to bring the Series back to New York for a Game 6.
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.