Roy Oswalt made his home debut with the Phillies last night and looked more than comfortable, tossing seven shutout innings as the Phils topped the Dodgers 2-0.
Oswalt was pinch-hit for in the seventh after throwing 109 pitches in the game, but the Phillies got great work from Madson and Lidge in the eighth and ninth to close things out. That duo has been fantastic in August. Between them they have appeared in 12 games, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out 16 over 11 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Phillies are 63-50 on the year after beating the Dodgers 2-0 last night.
Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five.
He threw a 1-2-3 first.
James Loney started the second with a double down the first base line. Oswalt walked Casey Blake behind Loney, but got Gibbons to bounce into a double-play that left Loney at third with two down. Jamey Carroll grounded to third to leave Loney stranded.
Scott Podsednik reached on an infield single with two outs in the third and moved to second when Ryan Theriot followed with a single to right. Andre Ethier flew to center to leave both men stranded.
Oswalt got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fourth.
He started the fifth up 1-0. Carroll led off and doubled to right. Oswalt got AJ Ellis on a fly ball to center for the first out and struck the pitcher Chad Billingsley out for the second. Podsednik reached on another infield single, sending Carroll to third. Theriot hit a ground ball to short and Podsednik was forced at second to end the frame.
Oswalt struck out Loney and Blake in a 1-2-3 sixth.
The Phils led 2-0 when he started the seventh. Carroll walked with one out and Ellis lined to right behind him for the second out. Righty Matt Kemp hit for Billingsley and struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Carroll stranded.
Madson pitched the eighth. He gave up a leadoff double to Podsednik, but struck out Theriot and Ethier behind him and then got Loney on a fly ball to left.
Madson has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings over his last seven appearances, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out 12. He has dropped his ERA on the year from 5.12 to 3.86.
Lidge struck out Gibbons and Carroll in a 1-2-3 ninth. He hasn’t been charged with a run in his six appearances in August, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Gload (4) Ibanez (5) Werth (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Gload at first and Brown in right against the righty. Valdez at second with Utley on the DL.
The Phils went in order in the first.
Werth singled to left with one out in the second. Brown struck out behind him for the second out and Ruiz fouled out to Theriot behind first base to end the inning.
The Phils went in order in the third.
Polanco started the fourth with a single to right. Gload was next and lined a ball into left, but Gibbons made a very nice diving play to take away the hit and record the first out. Ibanez and Werth both walked behind Gload, loading the bases for Brown. Brown hit a ground ball to second, but it wasn’t hit hard enough to get the double-play. The Dodgers forced Werth at second for the second out as Polanco scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz flew to center to leave the runners stranded at first and third.
Valdez started the fifth with a triple to left center, just out of the reach of a diving Podsednik. Oswalt grounded to short with the runner holding and Rollins grounded to second with the runner holding. Polanco flew to left for the third out.
No run for the Phils after the leadoff triple by Valdez. Remember when Valdez was outslugging Ibanez? It wasn’t that long ago, but he’s not anymore. He’s getting pretty close to Rollins, though. Valdez at .361, Rollins .377.
Gload doubled to right to start the sixth, but came into second limping. He left the game with a strained right groin and Sweeney ran for him at second. Ibanez was next and he doubled to the gap in left-center, scoring Sweeney to put the Phils up 2-0. Werth moved Ibanez to third with a ground out to first for the first out. Brown was next and walked for the first time in his career, putting men on first and third with one out for Ruiz. Ruiz flew to left with the runners holding and Valdez grounded to third.
Again the Phillies don’t score with a man on third and less than two outs. The Ruiz fly out to left was the big at-bat this time.
With righty Kenley Jansen on the mound for the Dodgers, Dobbs hit for Oswalt and struck out for the first out of the seventh. Rollins singled to left before Polanco flew to left for the second out. Rollins stole second, but was left there when Sweeney struck out to end the inning.
Ibanez started the eighth with a single, but Werth, Brown and Ruiz went down in order behind him.
Rollins was 1-for-4. 302/400/349 over his last 50 plate appearances. He’s slugging .311 with seven doubles, a triple and a home run over his last 182 plate appearances.
Polanco 1-for-4. He’s hitting .359 in August.
Gload 1-for-3 with a double and was also robbed of a hit by a nice diving catch by Gibbons. It seems like we might not be seeing him for a while, while is a shame cause he was on a tear. 394/487/727 over his last 50 plate appearances.
Ibanez was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He has an 18-game hitting streak in which he’s hit 409/506/667.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. 391/500/621 over his last 108 plate appearances.
Brown 0-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two strikeouts. Career walk number one helps raise his on-base percentage to .238.
Ruiz was 0-for-4 and left six men on base. He’s 0-for-his-last-11.
Valdez 1-for-3 with a triple. He’s 15-for-his-last-44 and hitting 341/370/386 over those 46 plate appearances.
Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65) faces lefty Clayton Kershaw tonight (10-7, 3.19). Blanton has a 3.82 ERA and a 1.27 ratio over his last five starts. In those outings he allowed two home runs in the 33 innings. In his 13 previous starts he allowed 15 home runs in 80 innings. Opponents are hitting just .222 against Kershaw. He’s allowed just 117 hits in 143 2/3 innings while striking out 153. He walks a lot of batters, though, 62 for the season so far. He had made three strong starts in a row before allowing six runs to the Nationals in six innings his last time out.