The Phils gave both of their Roys the ball this weekend in New York and both times things went well. Halladay won his 18th of the season in the opener on Friday night. Yesterday afternoon Oswalt held the Mets to four singles and a walk as he threw a complete game shutout and the Phils won 3-0 to take the series two games to one.
Shane Victorino continues to spark the team at the top of the order. Victorino has on-based .500 over 34 plate appearances in the last seven games. In six of those games he hit out of the leadoff spot in the order. The Phils have gone 5-2.
The Phillies are 83-61 after beating the New York Mets 3-0 and lead the NL East by a game over the Braves. Atlanta is the Wild Card leader, a game ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and threw a complete game four-hit shutout. All four of the hits were singles. He walked one and stuck out six. The Phils have won eight of the nine games he has started for the team and eight in a row. He’s 6-0 with a 1.56 ERA and an 0.87 ratio over his last eight starts and has gone at least seven innings six times.
He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead. Angel Pagan singled with one out, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the second out before Carlos Beltran singled to left. Oswalt struck David Wright out swinging for the third out.
Ruiz throwing Pagan out trying to steal ahead of the single saves the Phils a run.
Oswalt set the Mets down in order in the second.
He started the third up 2-0. He got the first hitter before walking the pitcher Jon Niese. Jose Reyes was next and hit a ground ball to second with Niese forced at second for the second out. Pagan flew to left for the third out.
He threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.
Niese singled to center to start the sixth. Reyes was next and hit a ground ball to third with Niese forced to second for the first out. Pagan was called out looking at an 0-2 pitch that was outside for the second. Beltran grounded to short for the third out.
Second time Oswalt had trouble with Niese, who was 1-for-1 with a walk in the game through six.
He threw a 1-2-3 seventh with a 3-0 lead and a 1-2-3 eighth.
Reyes singled to start the ninth, but Oswalt got Pagan to hit into a double-play behind him and struck out Beltran to end the game.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez plays short with Rollins still sidelined. Ruiz hits seventh ahead of Valdez.
Victorino started the game with a single and moved to second when Polanco followed with a walk. Utley was next and singled to right with Victorino scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 and Polanco taking third. Niese struck out Howard, Werth and Ibanez all in a row to leave the runners stranded on first and third.
No more runs for the Phils after they put men on first and third with nobody out. Howard and Werth don’t put the ball in play with less than two outs and a man on third
The Phils went in order in the second.
Polanco doubled with one out in the third and moved to third on a ground out by Utley. Howard singled into left, scoring Polanco to make it 2-0. Werth struck out for the third out.
Howard comes through with the two-out hit that time after striking out in a big spot in the first.
They went in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.
Utley smashed a single into center to start the sixth. Howard hit into a double-play behind him and Werth struck out swinging for the third out.
Werth 0-for-3 with three strikeouts through six innings.
Ibanez led off the seventh and hit an 0-1 pitch out to left to put the Phils up 3-0. Ruiz followed that with a single before Valdez hit a ball to left. Carter didn’t play it well, getting turned around the wrong way, and the ball dropped behind him for a double. It put men on second and third for Oswalt with nobody out. Oswalt grounded to short with the runners holding for the first out. Victorino was walked intentionally to load the bases and Niese got Polanco to hit into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.
No run for the Phils with runners on second and third with nobody.
Utley was hit by a pitch to start the eighth, but Howard, Werth and Ibanez went in order behind him.
Valdez singled with one out in the ninth. Oswalt, who had thrown 104 pitches in the game, hit for himself and bunted Valdez to second. Victorino got ahead 3-0 and was walked intentionally. It put men on first and second for Polanco and Polanco grounded to short for the third out.
The Phils scored 14 runs in the three-game series.
Victorino was 1-for-3 in the game and was walked intentionally twice. He was 4-for-11 with three walks in the series and is hitting 262/327/439 for the season. He’s 12-for-27 (.444) over his last six games.
Polanco 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. 2-for-13 with a double and a walk in the set. 303/342/401.
Utley 2-for-3 with an RBI. 4-for-11 with a home run in the series. 276/385/445 on the year. 356/444/556 in 45 at-bats in September.
Howard 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. 4-for-13 with a double and a home run. 281/343/520.
Werth 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 2-for-13 with five strikeouts. 289/380/505 for the year. He’s hitting 222/239/378 with one walk in 45 September at-bats.
Ibanez 1-for-4 with a home run and two strikeouts. 4-for-12 with a double and a home run. 266/345/434 for the year. He has hit 326/370/581 so far in September.
4-5-6 in the order for the Phils went 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the game.
Ruiz 1-for-4. 4-for-8 with two walks in the series. 294/394/424 on the year.
Valdez 2-for-4 with a double in the game. 3-for-12 with a double in the series and 244/282/346 for the year. He’s on-basing .350 in 17 at-bats so far in September.
The Phils are in Florida tonight with Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15) expected to face lefty Andrew Miller (1-6, 6.11). Blanton is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA in his 11 starts since the All-Star break. He faced the Marlins in his last start and held them to a pair of runs over 6 1/3 innings. Miller faced Blanton in the game on September 8 and was charged with seven runs in four innings. He walks way too many hitters — in 101 innings in the minor leagues this season he walked 76. That’s not going to work.
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