Phillies Swat the Nats with Some Big Sticks

In his second start back since coming off the DL, Roy Oswalt looked healthy and in control.  Thanks to an early lead given to him by the offense, he was able to relax and really settle back into the rotation.

Through seven innings, Oswalt gave up three runs on six hit and a walk for a quality start.  While Oswalt pitched, the Phillies offense did more than their share to help out.

Ryan Howard continues to rip the cover off the ball.  Tonight he went 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a 2-run homer.  That puts him at 95 RBI on the year, which leads the league.

 

Also with a multi-hit night, Shane Victorino shows no signs of slowing down.  He is now batting .313.

The Phillies scored runs in a variety of ways tonight, taking advantage of Nationals errors, running the bases well and taking walks.  Oswalt walked twice, and one of those forced a run home.  Pitcher John Lannan lasted only three innings, allowing seven runs, six of which were unearned due to Nats bloopers.

By the eighth inning, the Phillies has the game well in hand, leading 8-3.  Only, there was still one issue.  Hunter Pence did not yet have a hit.  And as has been the trend since Pence joined the team, if he does not hit, the Phillies do not win.  Pence alleviated all worries of a Nats comeback with an RBI-single in the 8th.  Whew!

Michael Stutes pitched the final two innings to secure the Phillies 11-3 win over the Nats, splitting the series at one game apiece.

The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:35pm which is to be preceded by the unveiling of the new fan-funded Harry Kalas statue.  However, the weather is calling for a lot of rain, threatening the game.  Cross your fingers!  If the rain holds out, I will return with photos.

 

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2 Comments

While he wasn’t the only person who didn’t play well for the Nats last night, the game seems to highlight how John Lannon simply cannot play well in Philly. He made his first major league start in Philly back in July of 2007, for instance, and was ejected by Hunter Wendelstedt — who happened to be calling ball and strikes last night too. Things haven’t gotten any better since then as Lannan is 0-5 with a 7.40 ERA and a 2.18 WHIP in his six starts in Philly. Everywhere else, he’s 36-40 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

With that being said, I’m not too disappointed that today’s game is postponed and will be made up as part of a double header on September 20. With several of our players strugging to play through small nagging injuries or get out of slumps, I don’t mind having an extra day off after getting slammed last night.

I hoping we get a good series next weekend when the Phillies come to DC as I’m going to be at all three games. I was going to make the trip up to Philly this weekend, but stayed in the DC area to cover our Single A affliate since Strasburg was making a rehab start with them.

I’ll be in DC on Sunday the 21st. See you there :O)

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