Thursday, September 02, 2010

Winning Out West

Roy Oswalt continues to pay healthy dividends, winning his fourth straight start as the Phils took two of three from the Dodgers with yesterday's 5-1 rubber match.

Oswalt had an odd day in large measure due to the wandering strike zone of the home plate umpire. Oswalt did not yield a hit until the sixth inning but threw a lot of pitches including walking a career high six batters. For once, he didn't have to worry about run support as Jimmy Rollins provided him with some leading off the game with his 35th career opening batter home run. Shane Victorino hit a solo shot in the next inning to provide all the margin the Phils needed.

The other encouraging development of the day were the three doubles stroked by Chase Utley, who had been struggling mightily.

The Phils improved to 5-1 on this Western road trip that concludes this afternoon with a makeup game in Colorado. The Phils have to keep on winning because the Braves show no sign of losing and the Wild Card remains a four team race with the Phils currently on top by 1.5 games.

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