Oswalt, Rollins Team Up to Tie Series, 1-1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 18, 2010 12:53 AM | Comments: 149
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—Citizens Bank Park

If you said you weren’t at least slightly nervous before the Phillies and Giants took the field for Game 2 of the NLCS, you’re a liar. You’re a liar because the Phillies had seldom seen themselves trailing in a series. You’re a liar because you weren’t sure which team would show up. You’re a liar because you, as a fan, are unfamiliar with watching this team lose on their home turf.

Even though Cody Ross abruptly ended a no-hit bid once again, Roy Oswalt, along with Jimmy Rollins, was able to soothe that lingering anxiety by pitching eight fantastic innings in the Phillies 6-1 win. Oswalt was a completely different pitcher than in Game 2 of the NLDS against Cincinnati and it showed with his fastball. Against the Reds, it lacked life and he was smacked around. Tonight, it had pop and it helped him to hold the Giants without a hit into the fifth inning.

Rollins had been MIA for a while now, beginning the series just 1-for-15 before finally making his presence felt. “Rollins” and “presence felt” haven’t joined forces in quite sometime, but in the seventh, they were a match made in heaven.

That huge seventh was put in motion because of the bat of Jimmy Rollins. He didn’t take the swing, however, Roy Oswalt used Rollins’ bat to single to left-center field to begin the inning. Oswalt said he had tried it in BP two days ago and asked J-Roll for help. It worked.

“He (Oswalt) used my bat tonight, and that gave me a lot of confidence tonight actually…See the bat still had hits in it,” Rollins said. “It’s just the person using it.”

Following Oswalt’s leadoff single, Shane Victorino sacrificed him to second base, as Manuel went to the small ball, something seldom seen. Chase Utley was intentionally walked before Placido Polanco singled to center field, setting up a play at the plate that should never have been.

Running on contact from second, Oswalt turned third and blew through Sam Perlozzo’s stop sign, but slide just under the tag of Buster Posey to give the Phils an extra run. “I read it pretty well off the bat,” said the ever-so-speedy starting pitcher. “But as soon as he hit it, I knew it was over the infield. When I got halfway, I saw the stop sign, I said ‘it’s too late now, no turning back.’”

The insurance run gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead, which was added to shortly thereafter. Utley and Polacno would advance on a double-steal and Jayson Werth would reach on an intentional walk. With the bases clogged with Phillies, Jimmy Rollins did his best impression of the 2009 NLCS against the Dodgers by depositing a ball off the wall in right-center field to clear ‘em. It was shades of the Jon Broxton game all over again, and with one swing of the stick, J-Roll mave have gotten his groove back.

The bases-clearing double made it 6-1 and put the Giants away for good.

In the eighth inning, Oswalt believed he had been pulled by Charlie Manuel with two on and two out, but the skipper stuck with the “Other Roy.” “Well, I had my back turned. I saw Jimmy walking toward me. I thought Charlie was coming, so I thought he had already motioned for the bullpen, but I didn’t know for sure.”

Good thing he didn’t, because Oswalt was able to send Aubrey Huff to the dugout after grounding out to Chase Utley to end the threat. Oswalt’s poise throughout the night allowed Manuel to stay with the ace. “He asked me what I felt like,” said Oswalt. “I knew I had a few left. I honestly felt like I could get through one more.”

The only blemish for Oswalt was another monster home run by Ross, his third jack in two days. That home run to left field ended Oswalt’s attempt at a no-hitter with one out in the fifth, but it did little to shake his confidence, or Manuel’s.

Offensively, the team did a good job of staying patient with Jonathan Sanchez, pushing his pitch count to 35 after the first inning. Sanchez struggled with the “effectively wild” mantra all night, walking three while striking out seven. He was able to minimize the damage, getting through six innings with five hits and three runs – two of which were earned. The bullpen wasn’t as lucky.

No need to be nervous anymore. The Phillies and Giants head to San Francisco tied at one apiece, which certainly beats a 0-2 hole to climb out of.

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  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Great game, I learned that Oswalt is untouchable at CBP and he’ll be home the rest of the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The Phils handled business.
    Its what I expected. This is why they are a dynysty. They beat anyone tonight. They could afford to lose game 1.
    Now 2 of 3 in SF and clinch it in 6.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    This article hit the spot right on everyone was in Panic mode and rightfully so. Who ever says they arent even just a lil is plain BS. A practical nobody Cody Ross did us in. A few bad strike calls was really it in game 1. As we know the best team doesnt always win and anything can happen especially in baseball. I feel we definitely have to take the next game to swing the momentum back in our favor. For the 1st time we are trailing a playoff series this is where we really see what the Phils are made off…and by golly get them RISP home….Ps…Oswalt was brilliant…

  • Posts: 0 Nunzio Scholeri

    Andres Torres with the Golden Sombrero!

    Is it just me, or do Phillies pitchers, as a group, really grind out good at bats way more than other teams’ staffs? I rarely see other teams’ starters fouling off pitches and getting key base hits and such the way ours do. And think about it: if Oswalt doesn’t get that hit, the rest of that inning doesn’t happen. You almost feel like you can read his mind, thinking “Well, if no one else is going to give me an insurance run, I’ll just do it my own dang self.”

    On the flip side of things, Joe Buck is just awful. Just plain awful. So caught up in his self-serving attempts to be grandiose and pompous (which just come off hilarious because he seems to be barely literate, saying things like “the town that [some player] reigns from”), and so disconnected from the game he’s supposed to be sharing with us. Ugh.

  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    Nunzio, they do put some good swings on pitches, however, they can’t bunt for the life of them.

  • Posts: 0 Nunzio Scholeri

    Pat, that is quite true. The Phillies in general, I’d even say, are just not a very good bunting team. Maybe it’s because Charlie’s not so big on small ball? Anyway, this was a big win, and I am happy.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    A lot to be happy about last night. Most of the line-up contributed against a pitcher who gives us fits, Oswalt a terror pitching, at the plate, and on the bases. One thing the game really highlighted, especially in comparison to game 1 – Victorino has a pretty good stick from the right, but cannot hit from the left. Can we get a petition together to end his switch hitting? He couldn’t fair any worse facing righties from the right side.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    We cannot, will not, are actually incapable of, bunting. It will not be a part of our game, even though it should be, as long as Charlie is manager. To me, ignoring a real weapon that you could use as an advantage over other teams is senseless. Rollins and Victorino should be bunting masters. But they, and Charlie, would rather drink poison.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 David

    Bochy really screwed up last night. If there was one out, it makes sense to intentionally walk Werth to pitch to Rollins to load the bases because you set up a force at any base and can cut off the run at home plate on a ground ball or play for the double play. If there are two outs, that move makes no sense. Bochy created a situation where his pitcher has to throw a strike when he got to 2-0 in the count. Glad he did it but not sure why.

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    Good game yesterday. Very encouraging.

    By the way, comments on (at least) the iPhone still don’t work

  • Posts: 0 Chuck



    Glad to to see Chase do it last night..

    Oh…and about Raul…

    Two challenging plays for the left-fielder..

    One Saturday which he missed….and one last night which he made…

    Pat Burrell doesn’t make EITHER of those plays.

    Just sayin’

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Did I have nerves? Of course. There’s always nerves in the playoffs and there would have been nerves even if the Phillies had taken Game 1.

    Was I panicking? No way in hell. There’s no way this team drops two in a row at home during the playoffs. And even if they do, they’re certainly capable of picking up three on the road in the playoffs. Nothing’s over till it’s over.

    Halladay and Oswalt were probably on the plane last waxing poetic on the virtues of pitching around Cody Ross to Hamels and Blanton. It’s not an impossibility, but I don’t see Hamels giving Ross the same pitch he made the Roys pay for.

    In a way, I’m glad there’s a Game 5 coming because Halladay will make the Giants pay for Game 1 no matter where we are on the scoreboard by then.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    Halladay and Oswalt were talking to Hamels and Blanton about the appropriate time to plunk Ross hard and put him on his a$$.

    Seriously…this dude needs to be pushed back and pushed back in a big way.

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Why does Rollins have the Jeltz award?

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl


    “Cliff Lee may prefer Philadelphia over Texas or New York in free-agencyLast updated: October 16, 2010 at 13:47

    ESPN’s Jason A. Churchill said that ESPN’s Rumor Central has learned that Cliff Lee may prefer Philadelphia over Texas or New York or any other city in free-agency. Churchill speculates that it may not necessarily take the most money to get him to sign a long-term deal in Philadelphia.

    The Phillies may have a crowded starting rotation, but Churchill opines that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. could move Joe Blanton’s ($8.5 million each for 2011 and 2012) or Raul Ibanez’s ($11.5 million for 2011). Another option would be to move reliever Brad Lidge’s ($11.5 million for 2011) contract to free up money from the approximately $130 million committed to the 2011 payroll.

    Lee is eligible for free-agency after the World Series, and the Texas Rangers will have a five-day exclusive window to negotiate with him before he hits the open markets. Lee is expected to command C,C. Sabathia-money (eight-years, $160 million) this winter. One dark horse that was recently mentioned were the Washington Nationals. The Nats are expected to keep on eye on the left-hander this winter and may overspend if necessary.”


  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    There is NO WAY that Cliff Lee will sign with the Phillies. If he’s going after “CC Sabathia money” why would the Phillies even entertain that idea?

    And….if Raul’s contract is moved (unlikely with his no–trade clause)…it would be so that Werth could be re-signed.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Anyone who thinks bunting is something every player should be able to do hasn’t tried doing it. It’s a difficult skill, like throwing a curveball or making a pivot on a double play. If everyone could throw curves, anyone could pitch and if anyone could make that pivot, Pat Burrell could be a second baseman.

    Also, to those who think the Phils should bunt more, I’ll point out that if Oswalt hadn’t been bunted to second, he wouldn’t have scored on Polanco’s hit. The Phils also stole a few bases. If you can get to second (or third) without wasting an out, that’s a far better way to do things, and I suspect that’s why the team tries it that way.

    Bunting should be reserved for those who have no power but do have speed, or for pitchers who can’t hit, or situations (like that with Oswalt) where you don’t want your runner to risk injury breaking up a potential double play.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    The only way I’ll accept saying goodbye to Raul Ibanez and Brad Lidge is if their contracts are eaten up by Jayson Werth’s new contract. Ben Francisco can play left field. The closer situation would be more sticky without Lidge, but Madson and Contreras have platooned that position before.

    Eating up two contracts for Cliff Lee is crazy talk. Especially given the fact that without Lidge’s perfect season in ’08, we don’t win the World Series, and without Raul’s great second half this year, we’re not in the playoffs right now.

    If Cliff Lee really wants to come here, he won’t be asking for Sabathia money. Just like if Werth really wants to stay, he won’t be asking for more than the Phillies can possibly pay him.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    George, if bunting is “reserved for those that have no power” then why did Chase Utley bunt last night?

    Bunting IS a skill…true…but I believe that with some practice all players can do it effectively. It’s not quite like throwing an effective curveball.

    Bottom line is…the Phils need to bunt more. They need to bunt more, steal more, hit to the opposite part of the diamond more to advance a runner.

    “Small Ball”

    It worked last night…and is not only effective…but absolutely necessary against pitchers like Lincecum and Sanchez.

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Would love to see Lee back in a Phillies uniform but to sell off assets like Ibanez and Lidge is just ridiculous.

    Unreal win tonight. I really do not understand how the Giants are even in the NLCS (I know I know their pitching is great) but everyone in their lineup is basically off the scrap heap. Outside of Cody Ross that lineup does not exactly put fear in me.

    I am expecting to take the series in six.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Terrific game last night. Nerves, yeeesss.. especially with the all the Phils left on base, again.

    Leave Lee out of this! What we have is more than enough and we’ll be losing a key player if the Phils dont make a move to keep Werth.

    Anyone else from here (aside from Pat) go last night? Although I live 25 minutes away from the stadium, by the time my buddy and I got back to his place it was already 1245 – there were some empty seats last night but still plenty of Kids till the end.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Tonight was a perfect example why Jroll needs to start. Everyone was saying bench him. Radio host saying the same thing. Exxon does not get that double. Jimmy is a threat. What scares me is Howard. Just does not come through with guys in scoring postion. Its almost a k everytime. Our big 125 million dollar man needs to produce.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I sat in RF, directly behind Werth and the panty-hosed Cody Ross. I’m sorry, it just does not look right. Ross just needs to be plunked, hard. There was a brushback pitch by Oswalt that got the crowd cheering big.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Roy Oswalt!

    Who knew we were getting such a multi-dimensional player.


    Can be a lights out pitching stud
    Play left field
    Pinch runner

    ………and did you happen to see his intro on FOX when they did the starting lineup. He basically said-will you please leave me the &%@# alone. Too Phunny!

    …..and what up w/J-Roll still getting the Steve Jeltz sad sack award on the homepage?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I don’t think the award was changed yet from Saturday night.

  • Posts: 0 Phillistein

    Kate – agree with your take on giving up Raul and Lidge to pay for Werth. I love Raul and think he’s a real pro but he is truly showing his age against lefties as of late. However, don’t know how we can actually unload them w/o paying a significant chunk of their salaries.

    If Werth does go where are we going to get that righty stud power from? Yeah, Yeah – I know – Werth isn’t exactly Rogers Hornsby but we’re going to have to do SOMETHING!!!

  • Posts: 0 Bacardipr05

    Yes we need to do something about nobody Ross…more footage needs to be reviewed on him..dont give him much…he had 3 HR almost a 4th…this nobody potential Hero needs to be stopped….RISP is coming back to kill us..we had plenty of chances in both games…Howard has to do more too many strikeouts Im sorry its the truth…but all the blame isnt just solely on him…also except for the Home Run…our secret weapon Chooch has seem to be neutralized…i hope he is ok after getting that foul ball of his mask

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    It’s amazing..

    Every single time Raul starts looking terrible at the plate people forget the fact that this guy is one of the major reasons that we had the second half that we did.

    1st 85 games:

    .243 BA / .326 OBP / .397 SLG / .724 OPS

    last 70 games:

    .309 / .375 / .494 / .869

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Cody Ross has hit 4 homers against Cole! This has to come to an end.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    I thought it was amusing that everyone was in such a panic because the Phillies lost a game. People get spoiled running through the NL East in September and then the Reds.

    The Giants and Phillies match up well. I expect a long close series. There is nothing inevitable about the Phillies winning – just funner.

    In the end if H2O pitch six games I see us winning four of them (1-1 so far). But nothing is for sure.

    On the bunting – Charlie is not against it – we had a great bunter in Moyer who bunted virtually all the time. Halladay simply cannot bunt. You go with what you have, no reason to try bunting if the pitcher can’t do it.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I just wanted to announce that for next season the Phils are my preferred home, and I will take a discount over the Yanks, Rangers,…..

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Cody Ross needs to be put on his a$$.

  • Posts: 0 Wis

    Cole:Tomorrow just walk Ross, Its the Barry Bonds san fran curse or something. That troll is a demon. no other way to explain it. CODDY FRIGGIN ROSSS!!!????

    I have to admit though, its what makes October so great, we are all on pins and needles. Very exciting stuff. hope we see “this team” for the rest of the series. I never smiled as big as I did when ROy got Burrell with that 77mph pitch to strike his ass out. Poetic Justice – served.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    About the nerves issue: I fully expected (and kinda want) this series to go 6 or 7 games like I said in an earlier post. Mostly because of what did happen, an offensive dud like game 1 was. Sure, Phils scored some runs and proved that the ‘Freak’ is hittable but there was nothing sustainable, men left on base and yada yada – it was an offensive dud. I guess what got me on edge was that I was expecting Doc to be a convincing winner. Not so much the offense because of who we faced but I really thought he would be “Lights Out” or more I was hoping.

    One more loss to an offensive clunker, one game lost by the BP (which could coincide with an O let down) – and we’re looking at a game 7 with Hamels nailing it. I just really, really hope that it isn’t the panty-hosed Ross that does it to us again. We have yet to see Aubrey Huff get real.

  • Posts: 0 Terry

    I was sitting in Section 430 last night, so I didn’t get to see it up close, but I noticed in the highlights this morning that the guy in the front row probably could have reached down to grab the shot that J-Roll hit. Not that I’m endorsing that, but that guy deserves some credit for making the right move and backing off. I know the extra run ended up not mattering, but imagine if that guy interfered with the ball, only 2 runs scored, and it ended up costing us. Luckily it didn’t matter, just something I noticed on SportsRise. Good for that guy for not being a knucklehead.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Rollins and Victorino could both add 20 points to their batting averages if they could and would bunt during the season at appropriate times. our pitchers have forgotten how to bunt and one of these days it will really bite us in the ass. Greg Maddox helped himself many times by being an excellent bunter. He is a HOF pitcher. Our pitchers should take note.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Halladay should never ever try to bunt again. My heart still hasn’t recovered from that ball he took to the helmet.

    I don’t want to see Raul go anywhere. He put this team on his back and CARRIED them for three weeks during the summer.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    When you take into account that each major league player plays little league ball, Babe Ruth, high school, minor leagues and/or college ball, you would think that somewhere along the line they would learn to bunt. It should be mandated that fast players perfect the art of bunting. It should mandated that all pitchers be good at bunting. And ALL players should at least know HOW to bunt. Bunting is not easy to learn how to do well. BUT! I bet that if I were given an hour a day for five years to perfect the art of bunting at the major league level, I could do it. I guarantee it. All it takes is the will and some spare time.

    Thats said, am I ragging on Shane and Jimmy for not being bunters? Yeah, somewhat. I just don’t get it I guess. If I was as fast as they are, I would welcome another means to add to my arsenal to get on base. Its inefficient to not utilize the drag bunt.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    A perfectly executed bunt is one of the most beautiful plays in baseball.

    To put it in Dispy terms…if a 3 run home run is the equivalent of a knockout of a woman….then a well-executed bunt is like the fresh-faced girl next door. It can breathe new life into an otherwise stagnant and boring offense.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Oswalt is a ham… what a great addition.

    I think that Charlie’s lineup change was just what the Dr ordered… might have seemed like he was hitting the panic button to some but it was a move that had to be made. We’re not hitting HR’s right now so we have to be willing to make moves that will help us generate runs… moving Utley into the 2 hole was very important. He steals 2 bases that Polly would not have stolen. Utley, the base runner, is handcuffed in the 3 spot because you don’t want to take the bat out of the big man’s hands. Splitting up the lefties (forcing them to eat relievers later in the game), getting more speed at the top and sticking with Rollins (married to him, for better or worse, because he can win games single handedly… confidence is key)… yeah, that was a great move. It will be interesting to see what Charlie does in game 3… does he go back to the Utley, Howard, Werth lineup or does he go with this again or does he try something else?

    My sweep prediction didn’t hold up but the Giants didn’t win game one… we lost it. Still trying to figure out why Roy wasn’t pitching around Ross. Why challenge him inside especially when he’s hitting 8th? Ibanez needs to make that catch and if he does, it’s a different ballgame. Looking in the rear view is pointless but I still think that we win this series easily… my opinion of the Giants has not changed – it might actually be worse. They have NO hitting. We scored 3 runs against Lincecum and chased Sanchez early… their pitching is good but our lineup can put enough runs on the board to beat these guys.

  • Posts: 0 Bacardipr05

    i agree with Bart maybe not 20 but ten to 15 points….i especially think Shane can do this…

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Yes Chuck, thank you. A nubile young woman, pure as the driven snow, in a little yellow dress with an Easter bonnet on. I like to watch them skip rope. From across the street. In a car. Ducked down real low in my seat.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    be very interesting if cliff lee came back. why wouldnt he with this staff. doc, lee, oswalt and hamels. all four through 2012. oswalt will pick up his final year. amazing. who would beat us?

  • Posts: 0 Wis

    lol – dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    I honestly was never nervous. I wouldn’t be nervous if this team lost the next two games. I have that much supreme confidence in them.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    OCP- You are right ,the lineup change was brilliant.

    jeff- Despite what he’s done in the first 5 playoff games this year, Ryan Howard is still the team’s all time leader in postseason RBI with 27. He also leads the team in batting avg. at the moment. (he said while talking to a three foot thick retaining wall)

    The Dipsy- you’re a very sick man, seek help.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    IMO- Shane Victorino is the best centerfielder in baseball right now bar none. It may not always look pretty, he may not always read it correctly, but he gets to balls only the great Garry Maddox could have. And his arm is way underrated. He saved the game several times last night.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    See…I try to match wits with Dipsy…and I can’t. All I did was just egg him on. Classic.

  • Posts: 0 JeffK

    My favorite line from Joe Buck last night – 9th inning, two men on for the Giants – “two on for the Giants, they just need two more baserunners to bring the game-tying run to the plate.” Flubbing the intricacies of the infield fly rule is one thing, but adding a fourth base is really just a Joe Buck moment.

    Oh, and seriously, that little skip/hop that Cody Ross does? He should get one in the earhole early in Game 3.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    ryan howard should be the all time rbi guy. the man is making 125 million plus is our clean up guy. i ask you this question and answer it honestly. are confident with him at the plate in a big spot with men in scoring postion??? remember a lefty might be on the mound.

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