Oswalt Impresses in First Home Start
In two starts for the Phillies Roy Oswalt was unable to secure a victory for his team, but came through when it counted most in his first start at Citizens Bank Park.
Oswalt was strong through 7IP striking out five, walking 2 and allowing just five hits. He was able to work himself out of a several jams as he stranded 5 Dodgers.
Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge were able to shut the door on the Dodgers facing seven batters in their two innings of work. Brad Lidge was especially impressive as he forced Casey Blake, Jay Gibbons and Jaime Carroll out on two strikeouts and a weak groundout (Blake, Gibbons and Carroll hit a combined .326).
Raul Ibanez continued his hot play going 2 for 3 with a walk and run batted in as Dominic Brown drove in his 11th RBI in 11 games.
Continuing on the trend of 11, the Phillies stranded 11 runners on base. Stranded runners has been an all too common thread throughout this season for the Phils, and one that must still give Charlie Manuel cause for concern.
The Phillies will send Joe Blanton to the mound tonight as they attempt to close the gap on the Atlanta Braves who lead the NL East by 2.5 games.
Three Up – Three Down:
-A sight that has become all too routine this year for Phillies fans occurred in the sixth inning, as Ross Gload pulled up short going into second. It appears he strained his groin as he attempted to leg out a double. Early reports seem to indicate he will become another addition to the Phillies popular disabled list.
-Chase Utley, who has been recovering from surgery on a sprained ligaments in his throwing hand, was cleared to begin hitting by doctors
-Shane Victorino who is rehabbing with the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs went 3 for 4 and missed hitting for the cycle by only a double. "I felt good, I felt like I could have kept on playing out there tonight," said Victorino after the game. The Phillies center fielder is scheduled to return to the Phillies this Friday when they begin a series with the New York Mets.
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