Lost in the hoopla of the NFL’s opening weekend and the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Packers yesterday was the absolute gem that Roy Oswalt tossed against the New York Mets at Citi Field and its impact on the pennant race.
Oswalt notched his first complete game shutout as a Phillie yesterday with a dominating four-hit, 113-pitch performance to help the Phils secure the best record in the National League and a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division. (In a totally unexpected-but-related development, former Phillie Kyle Lohse outdueled 15-game winner Tim Hudson to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Bravos.)
The Phillies scored three runs off of RBI singles from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and a solo home run from Raul Ibanez. While this was all the run support that Oswalt needed, the Phils offense was unable to capitalize with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh when Placido Polanco grounded into a double play. Jayson Werth also continued to struggle at the plate. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The Fightins start a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami tonight. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15 ERA) faces lefty Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16 ERA) at 7:10 pm.
You know, Roy was so awesome yesterday that I decided to write limerick about him:
Roy Oswalt kept the Mets off base
To help the Phils in the pennant race.
The Mets were his bitches,
And the Phillies remain in first place!
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