Still a co-closer, Lidge looking for location

Still a co-closer, Lidge looking for location

WASHINGTON -- In the Nationals' 3-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, reliever Brad Lidge entered the game in the ninth inning and was ineffective, allowing a walk to Hanley Ramirez and a game-tying homer to Logan Morrison. Manager Davey Johnson wasn't happy about Ramirez getting the walk, because he was behind in the count, 0-2.

It was Lidge's second blown save of the season, but he will continue to split the closer's role with Henry Rodriguez.

"I still like Brad Lidge," Johnson said. "I didn't much mind the home run, but getting ahead of Ramirez and walking him was the mistake of the inning. You just can't do that. Not in a close ballgame."

Lidge acknowledged that he is not throwing the ball well. It doesn't help, according to the righty, that he doesn't throw his slider as hard as he used to.

"My location is bad," Lidge said. "I'm able to get ahead of guys sometimes and I'm not able to put them away with the slider that I've been used to in the past. That was the case with Hanley.

"To be honest, it was kind of interesting. We threw the fastball in [on Morrison] and it was in, but he was right on it. It was a combination of not executing a lot.

"Sometimes, when I am, they are doing a good job, especially lefties. I'm not really fooling any lefties right now."