Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 19: Roy Oswalt pitches a complete game shut out as the Phils take the series from the Mets, winning 3-0.
Roy Oswalt pitches a four-hit shutout, as he leads the Phils past the Mets, 3-0, as the Phils regain sole lead in the NL East as the Braves lose to the Cardinals in the evening. The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, while sending Polanco, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Roy Oswalt would pitch a 113-pitch complete game shut out, giving up just four hits, all singles, and a walk, while striking out six, ending the game by striking out Carlos Beltran on a foul tip that was held onto by Carlos Ruiz. Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-13 (6-1) with an ERA of 2.94 (1.98). Jon Niese takes the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.85 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Elmer Dessens combine for two scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Dessens), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one apiece) between them. The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Howard knocking in a run, with Polanco’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, as the offense had enough key hits to give Oswalt some runs support. The Phils (82-61, 1st) continue their road trip as they go to Miami to face the Marlins (73-69, 3rd) for three games, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 7, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs, seven of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year, while hoping to shut down the fish. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on September 8, as he pitched just four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 10-6 lost. He will be hoping that the Phils will not beat up on him for the second straight start. The Phils are once again alone in first place in the East, thanks to the Cardinals beating up on the Braves, as they hope to add on to their lead tonight.