Last night's 5-0 victory over Washington was memorable for a number of reasons. In no particular order:
John Mayberry threw a one hop strike to Carlos Ruiz to nail a runner at the plate and prevent Washington from getting back into the game early when the Phils' lead was 2-0. Raul Ibanez never makes that play. Oh, and Mayberry collected two more hits last night. He should be the every-day left-fielder but given his manager's loyalty to veterans, won't be.
Roy Oswalt had a fine outing and demonstrated to all he is back from, well, his back. A fresh Oswalt will be critical down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Wilson Valdez, nearly forgotten when Minnie Mart got so many starts at third base, again rose Phoenix-like. His two-run triple, following his key hit in a losing effort the night before, was all Oswalt needed. Is this guy a super-sub or what!!??? Three cheers for Dye Man.