Roy Oswalt wins his first start since coming back from the DL as the offense take advantage of Nats’ mistakes as the Phils win, 11-3.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start after coming off the DL, as the bats take advantage of several Nats’ mistakes, as the Phils beat the Nats, 11-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as. with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who began the game reaching base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s fly out, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. Two batters later, the Nats’ tied the game up at two-all as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Nix, before moving up to second base on Raul Ibanez’s late throw to the plate. The Phils regain the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had been safe at first on shortstop Desmond’s throwing error, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, after Hunter Pence had walked, the Phils added to their lead as Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s first out, scoring Utley, to give the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Howard on to third base, and Pence up to second base. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked to reload the bases, and then Wilson Valdez had hit into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as Nats’ starter John Lannan had made a good play on his grounder, beating Howard with his throw to the plate for the second out, while the other two runners both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Roy Oswalt walked, forcing home Pence, while sending Ruiz over to third, and Valdez up to second as the bases remained loaded. Jimmy Rollins then followed with an infield single to short, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, before it became a 7-2 Phils’ lead as Valdez, who had kept on running, scored as well, while Oswalt stopped at second. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Oswalt’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a strikeout-wild pitch on Rollins, allowing him to reach first base, a single by Victorino. moving Rollins up to second base, and a force attempt fielding error by first baseman Morse, allowing Utley to reach first base, as Rollins stopped at third, and Victorino reached second base, and with one man out, Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, wiping out Utley at second base for the second out, before Howard beats the throw back to first base, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while Victorno would stop at third base. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with the bases once more loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a single by Victorino, sending Rollins on to second base, a Ryan Mattheus’ wild pitch that moved both runners up a base and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Howard up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Ibanez then made it a 10-3 lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, knocking in Victorino. The Phils then took an 11-3 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes would throw his second scoreless inning in relief of Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) gets the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. John Lannan (8-8, 3.55) took the lost as he lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, thanks to three Nats’ errors, on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. Collin Balester pitched three innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Mattheus also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (RBI), Carlos Ruiz (RBI) and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez knocked in two runs, via a ground out and a sac fly and Roy Oswalt, via a walk, forced in a run. The final Phil run scored as Valdez kept on running from second base on Rollins’ infield single, following Ruiz across the plate.

The Phils (78-41, 1st) are not playing today as their game with the Nats was rained out. Their next game will be Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

2 Comments

I’ll tell you what, for whatever reason, John Lannon simply cannot pitch in Philly and it’s been that way his whole career. 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.

I’ll be at the games in DC next weekend, where I’m hoping to see a few more games like game 1 of the series. I was going to make the trip up to Philly, but stayed in the DC area to cover the Nationals’ Single A affiliate where Stephen Strasburg made a rehab start. Between yesterday’s slaughter and today’s game getting postponed, I’m glad I stayed here.

Well, all I can say is that some pitchers, like players, have a team(s) that they have trouble with, and for Lannan, it’s the Phils. I’m just hoping it stays that way as long as he keep pitching.

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