Oswalt Teams With Lidge Again to Get 1st Win as Phillie

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Thu, August 12, 2010 08:23 AM | Comments: 64
2010 Game Recaps, News, Posts

In a couple of ways, it was just like old times Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Brad Lidge saved a game for Roy Oswalt–something he used to do regularly. But after a turn of events no one, no matter how crazy, would have foreseen the last time it had happened– July 28, 2007–both were wearing Phillies uniforms this time.

And the other familiar sight Wednesday was reminiscent not of the 2007 season but of the next one, when Ryan Madson teamed with Lidge as the most dominant setup-closer combo in baseball.

Oswalt held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings, and Madson and Lidge combined to retire the last six L.A. batters – four by strikeout – to lead the Phillies to a 2-0 victory.

Sure, the win was important because it kept the Phillies 2 ½ games behind the Braves, who have pulled out two late-inning wins the past two days in Houston. But maybe even more importantly, the win made a statement a night after the Dodgers bombed Kyle Kendrick, and seemingly half the bullpen, for 15 runs.

If you want to get picky, the Phillies did leave a couple of runs on the bases, and their failure to score Wilson Valdez after his leadoff triple in the fifth inning was glaring. But the pitching took care of that. Oswalt wasn’t dominant, but he displayed steely focus when he encountered jams and got outs when he needed them most.

Raul Ibanez, meanwhile, stayed red-hot, driving in an insurance run with a sixth-inning double that extended his hitting streak to 18 games. Domonic Brown got the Phils on the board in the fourth with his legs, beating out a ground ball that would be a double play with most other major leaguers running. But with Dom gliding to first? Forget it.

As with a lot of Phillies games this season, however, there is a “but.” While hustling to second on a double that led to the Phillies’ second run, Ross Gload pulled up lame halfway between first base and second base, and he immediately left the game. Don’t be shocked tomorrow if he becomes the latest to pass through the DL turnstile, likely with a groin strain.

On the plus side, Shane Victorino homered, tripled and had three RBIs in a rehab game tonight with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was expected to rejoin the Phillies on Friday, but it sure looks like he’s ready now.

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The rockies arent going to do anything. They are in the midst of losing a series to the Mets. They cant win enough on the road.
    The Padres SP isnt even as good as believed. Latos is the only one even owned in my 12 team fantasy league. But thier bullpen is the best. The best in the league. The Rangers have a good one too. And in 2008 the Phillies had the best one in the majors. Things that make you go hmmm. But relievers have low WARs ive been told.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I thought the Rockies would be a playoff team this year, but it seems like they don’t have what it takes.

    Right now 6 teams seriously competing for 4 spots.

    I think the Braves without Chipper and an obviously very vulnerable Billy Wagner will have a tough time down the stretch….although you can’t count them out. But I do think the Phillies will win the East….barely.

    The Padres, I feel, are for real and will win the West.

    And I think the Cards win the Central. Their pitching is too good and you have to consider the “Albert Effect”.

    That leaves the Braves, Reds and Giants competing for the Wild Card. I really like the Giants. But it wouldn’t shock me to see either of the other two.


  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Fantasy is fantasy… their pitchers have been pretty good. Clayton Richard and Jon Garland have both been pretty good (9-5, 3.83 ERA and 10-8, 3.55 ERA, respectively). Wade Leblanc has also been solid as a #5, posting a 3.51 ERA (only 6 wins to show). Their strength is in their bullpen and the way they play the game… Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, Tim Stauffer, Ernesto Frieri… if the starters can give them 5-6 innings, they have a real chance to win. They make it uncomfortable for other teams because they alway press on the basepaths (they’ve got a lot of speed) and Adrian Gonzalez is a monster. The Padres are tough… BUT… I agree that they won’t make the playoffs. Too young…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yes their SP have been pretty good. Nothing great. Their Pen is great.

    I think the Padres and Reds both make it. I really like the Reds and fear them the most of any NL team.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    just getting into the K rod stuff.
    How funny is this? He was in the jail at the stadium all night.
    Oh this is good.


  • Posts: 0 Sam

    don’t know if you guys saw the http://www.mlbtraderumors.com website, but it said that scott eyre would rejoin the phillies if they wanted him back.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I wouldn’t count out the Rockies… they seem to make a late season push every year. They have solid pitching (Jimenez, Hammel, De La Rosa) and the best lineup in that division… it’s not even close. Their bullpen is pretty bad and they’re 8 games back but there is a lot of baseball left to be played.

    The Giants are the dark horse because they have the deepest rotation in the division and some really good baseball players. Buster Posey is a STUD. They added some pieces at the deadline and they’re really making a push to win… but they’re leaning on Pat Burrell (starting every day in LF) and I’m not sure if that can end well. Aubrey Huff was leading MLB in WAR a week or so ago (you wanna know why I don’t like that stat… there ya go) and he’s gonna have to keep that up especially if Kung Fu Panda doesn’t find his stroke… he’s only hitting .270 and I don’t think that’s gonna cut it. So they need a few of these things to happen: the ageless Huff has to keep hitting .300+; Pat Burrell has to stay in his groove; all-world rookie, Buster Posey, needs to carry them in his first pennant race; Sandoval has to hit .400+ down the stretch. I don’t know if it’s going to happen.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I wonder if K rod was put in a cell with the drunks and guys who got busted for smoking weed at the game? They would have a great story to tell.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Burrell hit another HR today… he’s hitting .300 with the Giants to go along with a slugging percentage of about .550. I’m glad to see him doing well… what the hell happened in Tampa?

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Your talking about the Rockies making a late season push…How have they been lately? Not very good, expecially losing 2 of 3 was from the Mutts? Even the one game they won yesterday was a come from behind because of a Grand Slam. Wonder what they would do against a good team?

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Actually I believe he hit 2 HR’s today. What happened at Tampa? American League pitching is what happened.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    AL east pitching and changing leagues and DHing.
    Pat is meant to be an NLer. And I like to see him doing well also.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Phillies – East
    Cards – Midwest
    Giants – West
    Reds – Wild Card

    Of course Scott Eyre will come back (Chuck!). Why wouldn’t he? And the Phils should take him.

    Phils post season bullpen:

    Brad Lidge
    Brian Fuentes
    Ryan Madson
    Jose Contreras
    Kyle Kendrick
    Scott Eyre
    Chad Durbin
    Antonio Bastardo

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I want to know if Ruben picked up the phone??!!

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