“I came out amped up, held the ball a little tight,” said Oswalt, after the Phillies 8-1 defeat. “Didn’t really start
feeling better until the last two innings. Didn’t really go my way.”
No, it didn’t go his way. Roy was not anywhere near as sharp as usual, which could be attributed to some nerves. “His stuff was good. (Roy) was having a little trouble with his
command. … They kind of ambushed us from the start,” Charlie Manuel said. “I
like his stuff. He’s going to be fine.”
A guy with this much big league experience is still human, and likely the adrenaline was flowing when he stepped up onto the mound. It probably took Roy a few batters to get settled in, and the Nationals used that to their advantage.
From the start things were tough for the Phils. Nyjer Morgan sent Oswalt’s first pitch as a Phillie into right-center for a lead off triple, and scored later on a ground out. Oswalt hit a pair of batters and a costly throwing error from Carlos Ruiz had the Phillies in a 3-0 hole by the end of the third. Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen held the Phillies scoreless until the 7th when Jayson Werth lead off with a solo homer.
Road woes continue for the Phillies who have only managed 22 wins away from Citizens Bank Park. I’m not sure what it is about this team that when they get on that bus they start playing stiff.
I’d like to give Roy Oswalt some more time to prove himself, and to be fair we obviously have to. Let’s face it though, the clock is now ticking and these games are starting to count for more and more. The Phillies have been playing better baseball since the last game that they played in St. Louis, but it needs to continue. To realistically make the playoffs the Phillies need to play at or about .650 ball.
Side Notes –
J.A. Happ – Happ pitched 6 scoreless innings for the Astros Friday night in his debut for Houston.
Ryan Howard – Howard went 0-4 with 2 strike outs Friday night. Howard was 0-5 Thursday, and 0-4 on Wednesday… What gives Ryan?