Editors’ Note: I went to the game Saturday so I didn’t get to chance to recap the game
Roy Oswalt was outstanding, throwing eight shut out innings and striking out nine, picking up the win over the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Saturday. One of the best things to see was Oswalt reaching 94 on his fastball several times and constantly reaching 91-93 on the gun. Wilson Valdez starting the scoring with a two run triple in the fourth inning. Hunter Pence would add a solo home run and Jimmy Rollins added a RBI single. Six of the Phillies’ nine hits came from the 5th-8th spot in the batting order. 44,658 was the attendance which was the biggest crowd in Nationals Park history. No, there was no rain delay. Yes, the Nationals did give away Ian Desmond bobble heads.
For the second time in three games, the Phillies and Nationals sat through a rain delay. Before the rain delay, the Nationals got the scoring started off of Roy Halladay in the first inning. A Ryan Zimmerman sac fly and Danny Espinosa RBI single made it 2-0 Nats. Carlos Ruiz would quickly tie it up in the next half inning with a two run home run. Chase Utley hit his first home run in 75 at bats with a solo home run in the third inning. In the bottom of that inning, Jimmy Rollins pulled his right groin. He will go for an MRI on Monday. The rain came in the top of the sixth inning. Both starting pitchers, Roy Halladay and Chein-Ming Wang left after the delay. Phillies’ reliever Michael Schwimer made his major league debut in the bottom of the sixth inning. Of course, Danny Espinosa greeted him with a solo home run to tie the game. In the ninth inning of a tie game, Michael Martinez gave the Phillies the lead again with a one out RBI single. Antonio Bastardo tried to pick up ninth save of the season. With the Nationals down to their final out, Ian Desmond tied the game again on a solo home run. It was Bastardo’s first blown save of the season. After the Phillies went scoreless in the 10th inning, Brad Lidge came in to try and keep the Nats off the board. Ryan Zimmerman led off the inning with a double. Michael Morse was intentionally walked and then Jayson Werth singled to left. Danny Espinosa struck out and Lidge was a third of the way out of the jam. Unfortunately, Lidge hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch forcing in Zimmerman and thus ending the game.
Notes from both games:
-The traffic on 95 getting to the game was ridiculous.
– During the game, a praying mantis was in our section, I couldn’t stop staring at it.
-The Phillies clinched at least a .500 record on August 20th
-Really sucks Halladay couldn’t go back out because of the rain.
-I’m not going to get mad about Bastardo, dude has been lights out.
– Schwimer was really good after giving up the home run. He struck out four in three innings.
-I can’t trust Lidge at all.
-The Natinals, I mean Nationals have Chien-Ming Wang jerseys on display in the team store.