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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01
--RHP Clay Condrey was waived five times during the 2007 season. Not once was he claimed. He served as the Phillies' long reliever last season but finished with a 3.26 ERA in 69 innings. And this season, he has pitched in more high-pressure situations and held opponents to a .195 average. Condrey, 33, is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA, tops on the Phillies' pitching staff.

"I've always had confidence in him," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "I think his changeup has improved. I think he's always had a real good sinker and a pretty good cutter. I think it's probably confidence, a lot of it. He's always going to be a guy that gives up hits. He's always going to be a contact guy. But he can get a ton of groundballs."

--RHP Ryan Madson will be ready to step in as the Phillies' closer if Brad Lidge's balky right knee doesn't respond to a bullpen session Friday. After nearly five years of achieving little consistency as either a starter or reliever, Madson emerged last September as a hard-throwing and reliable setup man. He thrived in the playoffs, signed a three-year, $12 million contract in the offseason, and now, with Lidge dealing with inflammation in his knee, the Phillies have designated Madson as the fill-in closer.

"I think coming off the World Series and the playoff atmosphere, learning how to control those emotions and just being there and doing it before, it definitely helped put me in a better spot than I was last year or two years ago," Madson told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. "The pressure is always going to be there in this game. It's how you deal with it, and I think I can deal with it much better now than before."

--RHP Brett Myers posted a quality start Wednesday night against the Nationals. However, he took the loss in a 4-1 decision in the series finale and was angry with himself for walking three batters in the third inning, including Nationals LHP Scott Olsen. After loading the bases on a double, two walks and a fielder's choice, Myers walked Ryan Zimmerman to force home a run. "I got a little upset with myself with missing my spots and kind of let it get to me," Myers said. "I'm better than that. I wasn't trying to walk the pitcher. I'm trying to throw strikes. It just didn't happen, and ultimately, it cost me a run."

BY THE NUMBERS: 40 -- Through Sunday, runs scored by the Phillies in the seventh inning or later, most in the majors.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We'll be all right. We're a team that hangs around and hangs around, and when it's time to kick it in gear, we do. That's what we've done the past two years. I'm not saying that's the right way to do it, but it's definitely an excuse for right now." -- RF Jayson Werth last week after the Phillies' record fell to 6-8

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