He did Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
Ledee's three-run homer, his second of the night, capped a
five-run ninth inning for the Phillies in an 11-6 victory that
ended the Twins' four-game winning streak.
"I just try not to take anything for granted," said Ledee,
batting .406 (13-for-32) with 13 RBI in seven starts this season.
"Any opportunity I get, I take very seriously."
Ledee, who also hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Twins
starter Seth Greisinger, broke the game open with a three-run shot.
Ledee tied a career high with five RBI, and the Phillies scored 11
runs or more for the third straight time.
"The most impressive thing is that he shows up as a bench
player and prepares well every day, the same way," Thome said.
Ledee participates in every batting practice session, whether
he's in the lineup or not, a work ethic that hasn't escaped the
notice of manager Larry Bowa.
"Ledee's going to play again tomorrow," Bowa said. "He'll be
in there somewhere."
Placido Polanco hit a three-run homer in the fifth, and Marlon
Byrd added an RBI double in the sixth to give starter Brett Myers a
6-2 lead that he lost in the seventh on Ford's homer. Torii Hunter
had an RBI groundout in the sixth and Cristian Guzman did the same
in the seventh to chip away at the lead.
"It's hard to take a guy out when he's throwing the ball
good," Bowa said.
Before the game, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stressed that
Romero had to improve in his role as the top setup man and that
Greisinger needed to figure out how to locate his pitches when
behind in the count.
Both turned out to be big problems.
Romero, who has a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings, relieved Terry
Mulholland (0-2) with one out in the ninth. Romero's hard sinker is
normally tough for lefties to hit, but three of them reached.
He walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases before Thome's big hit
cleared a leaping Torii Hunter and bounced over the wall for a
"I've always considered him one of the best left-handers in the
American League," Thome said.
Gardenhire said he will talk with general manager Terry Ryan
about a possible roster move with Romero.
"We had a chance to win, but we just imploded at the end,"
Gardenhire said. "That's disappointing."
Romero left the clubhouse before reporters were allowed in.
"He's not pitching with confidence," pitching coach Rick
Greisinger gave up six runs, nine hits and a walk in 5 2-3
innings while striking out three. His ERA now at 6.18, Greisinger
left a 3-1 changeup over the plate to Ledee with two outs in the
fourth and fell behind 2-1 on the line-drive homer.
"Right now things just aren't going my way," Greisinger said.
"I've just got to work a little harder."
Myers, whose scheduled start against the White Sox was rained
out, gave up six hits, nine runs and a walk in 6 2-3 innings. He
struck out seven, with the pitch the Ford being the only real
"I went after him with everything I had," Myers said. "I
didn't look at it as a mistake or anybody's fault. He just beat
Tim Worrell (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning.
Philadelphia has 53 homers in its last 36 games. ...
Hunter, a three-time Gold Glove winner who made consecutive crucial
catches of warning-track flies in a 15-inning win over the New York
Mets on Thursday, added another highlight grab in the fourth inning
to take an extra-base hit from Abreu. He jumped high and caught the
ball with his back to the wall in right-center. ... Thome has 52
RBI in the Metrodome, more than any other road stadium. Bowa said
he will DH on Saturday.