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

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 18, 2010 12:53 AM | Comments: 149
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

—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 Lefty

    Andrew- On Cody Ross- exactly right,
    He got a lucky rare mistake from RoyO last night, and seemingly the luck of a bad scouting report in game one. Pitch him right from now on, and he’s dragging the lumber back to the dugout every time.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    psujoe- I’d rather trade those two for a couple of stud bullpen guys and sign Werth

  • Posts: 0 krukdriver

    I don’t think too many people on this site were LOL when C. Ross hit his homer last night. Of course, if he had been thrown nothing but junk on the outside of the plate, he would have – OMG! – walked. Would you rather he homered? (Like he did.)
    He’s a bum – a nobody. Tinkerbell bonked him with the magic wand and he’s Willie Mays for a fortnight. So all I’m saying is be bloody careful with him.

    And… if Ross gets nailed, which one of our guys do you think is gonna get it? Utley? Werth? Chooch? Pick one. (And hope he doesn’t break a rib.)

    And… suggesting that Valdez plays for Rollins does not make me, (or anyone else), a J-Roll hater. LOL.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Manny I agree with your post at 4:55. I still get people that tell me “yeah you guys beat the Rays, but not the Yankees”, and I’m tired of it.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Just watched and listened to the play where Oswalt scored on Poly’s hit to short center field. Miller said he thought maybe Huff saw Perlazzo’s stop sign and that is why he cut the throw off. Crap – Perlazzo was behind Huff, no way Huff saw the sign.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Lefty I see your point, but if you have Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels do you really need a bull pen? LOL. I do think the Phils will look to move Raul in an attempt to retain Werth or another suitable RH bat.

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Hamilton just homered for the Rangers. I know we can’t mention you know whose name on this blog but I can’t wait to watch him pitch in Yankees stadium and shut down the Yanks. As a baseball fan it is very fun to watch you know who pitch against a great lineup.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Cliff Lee- I can say it. He will always be one of my favorites.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    As sexy as Lee vs Halladay sounds, beating the Yanks has that appeal to it, you have definitely beaten the best

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    krukdriver- I love the moniker!

    Yes someone has to pay the price, it’s just the way it goes. Chase was second in HBB this year even with all the time he missed, he can take it.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The Yankees remind me of the Phillies last year.
    It was a miracle the phils made the series last year with 1 pitcher.

    and Sabathia isnt even that good.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Touch the front of the cap, touch the back of the cap, set the fingers, blow em away. Buckle ARod’s knees strike three, break Cano’s bat, get Thames swinging strike three.

    I still have a mancrush for Lee, it’s embarrassing.

  • Posts: 0 jeff of Nova

    Jeff….. why do you keep bringing up Howard’s contract are you paying it? If not then shut the F up and enjoy this teams ride

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Cliff Lee carried us through to Game 6 last year. That’ll never be forgotten.

    But let’s not forget the guys who were there from the beginning in 2008 and 2009, the guys who ground through this year and battled back from third place and two games over .500 right back to where they knew they would wind up. Raul Ibanez’s name is near the top of that list.

    Hell, even with those thirty or so games Blanton and Kendrick pitched that wound up in no decision wins or straight out wins. Take those away and our guys are sitting home suffering through the TBS and FOX announcers along with us.

    The Brad Lidge of 2010 still doesn’t touch the Brad Lidge of 2008, yet take away his August and September saves and we’re still out of the playoffs.

    Management would be crazy to deal away any of those guys (except maybe Kendrick) after a season where every single position and utility player stepped up in some way when they were needed.

    They may not be able to keep Werth, a huge piece of our offense/defense. That’s not the time to be dealing more pieces for one more starting pitcher when we’ve already got three aces, even if that pitcher’s name is Cliff Lee.

    When will Raul Ibanez get the respect he deserves, instead of being on every drooling fan’s list to be dealt away for someone else? We should bellow at the top of our lungs to keep this guy after the way he stepped up for us in July and August.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    JeffNoVa- I think he’s jealous. Howard is a bit overpaid maybe, but I could care less. They’re all overpaid, at some point what difference does it make, to me, none.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Do I have to get into the over paying thing? LOL
    It does matter and hes 20% over paid.

    I want no one else at 1B

    you guys always make me stick up for Jeff

    Only thing about keeping lee was we would have little Roy.
    I really like how it all went down.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Kate- I’m a big fan of Raul, all I meant was if I had to sacrifice him and Joe B to keep Werth I’d do it, not for Lee. I’d rather keep them all.
    P.S. Don’t forget the incredible contribution of old man Jamie!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I guess it does get tiring that jeff always brings it up.
    We all get it Jeff

    and during the off season we can spend a whole week discussing it.
    and RHs second WS ring

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Poor jeff needs counsel Andrew. It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its gonna be the rangers from the AL it has to be
    I just cant see the yankees but they are like Jason and wont die so who knows.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    LOL – Jason,

    or Bruce Willis

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Or Austin Powers Die! Die! Why won’t you die? LOL

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Raul has had a great second half and in many ways did help carry the Phils. That’s exactly why I’d sell. Sell high. I wouldn’t just give him away though. It is much more imperative to try to retain your #5 hitter that can run, field, throw and hit than your #7 hitter that can hit. IMO of course. No way I’d trade Lidge for what you could get in return.

    That’s all noise at this point because we’ve got 3 in a row in San Fran and we need 2 of the 3.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Id like the phils to take runs at Soariano from TB or some of the twins relievers if any of them are FA
    Honestly we couldnt even use Lee now. what we gonna pitch Hamels in game 4s of playoff series?
    the big 3 is enough SP

    We are going to have to get younger at some point.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Yeah, Jamie got nine or ten wins for us this year, and a complete game shutout! Whoever gets him as a pitching coach is a very lucky organization. Hopefully it’s us.

    All right, I’ll concede that if we can get Werth locked up for a long time without paying him TOO much, I’d sadly see Raul go and know it’s for the best. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. Werth’s price tag is going to be far too much.

    Man, Cliff Lee is dealing right now. Pettitte doesn’t look all that sharp.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Oh, come on, Raul helped carry the team?

    Remember the fourteen-game hitting streak when nearly everyone else looked completely lost? He CARRIED them nearly all by his lonesome for three weeks.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    phew, I was beginning to think the impossible, that Lee would match Doc. Glad that’s over.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Yes young arms for the pen, I’m not going to pretend to know about all the prospects out there, but that’s where RAJ should be looking. I don’t think Matt Capps is the answer though. Young bucks with potential.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Andrew, Do you ever read Norman Chad’s couch slouch-very funny today.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m not at all comfortable with the Rangers only having a 2 run lead over the Yanks.
    No, the Yanks this year do not remind me of the Phils in 09. The only similarity is that there was 1 starting pitcher.
    Phils offense in 09 was big, much bigger than the 10 Yanks.
    This year the for the Yanks:
    Jeter had his worst year as a professional.
    Arod had his worst career batting average, worst OBP, worst slugging %, (still drove in 125, the 13th consecutive season of 100 rbi or more).
    Texiera also had his worst year – for average, slugging %, OBP, OPS – still had over 100 rbi.
    Other than Cano, timely hitting and Nick Swisher with a career year. The Yanks find ways to score that is why a 2 run lead going into the top of the 7th is shaky at best.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Andrew has the right idea – we have to find and arm at the end of our BP – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, all those cortisone shots are just masking the bigger problem, Lidge is not going to be able to hang on much longer. I love him for what he’s done for the Phils this year so far (including the nerve racking games!) but reality is its time to find someone in his stead.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Damn, they’re both dealing…

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    SO, SO GLAD that the Cliff Lee trade to NYY fell through at the last minute… they’d be favorites to win it all with him on board… and Texas wouldn’t even be playing right now…

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Manny, I hope they leave Lee in. He is at 115 pitches but has 12 k’s what a game.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Never read the column. He is pretty funny on WSOP
    but i am getting a little tired of that now too lol

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    122 pitch count. Tell you what, it would be great to see Vlad’s bat come alive.

  • Posts: 0 king

    Please fix the comment section on the mobile side!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Nice middle relief there Spanks!

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    8-0 Rangers!

    Wow, without that miracle comeback in game 1, the Yanks would be looking at 0-3 right now.

    Tomorrow night is a must win for them. And they’re sending AJ Burnet to the mound? Good luck with that.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Very impressive. Rangers are a serious contender. Great road team.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    yankees are going nowhere fast

    the Phils almost beat them last year with 1 pitcher and a bad lidge

  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What a great game Cliff Lee pitched against the Yankees. I only wish he was in our rotation besides Blanton. We would be unstoppable!!! Oh well, hope Hamels is at his best tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I’ve been impressed with the Rangers for two years now. Ron Washington and Daniels and Nolan have really turned the organization around.

    A lineup full of sluggers, two tough lefties at the top of the rotation with Lee and Wilson and a fire-balling closer.

    Colby Lewis and CJ Wilson have been huge for this team.

    It’s easy to forget they were counting on two pitchers — Scott Feldman and Rich Hardin—who did nothing this year. And now they’re two wins from the Series.

    They would make a tough opponent for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Charlie is a great manager. Closing in on hall of fame level.
    Nice article.

    You cant not see that almost all the stuff he does works.

    Rangers are alot tougher than the Yanks. But the phils should beat them if the phils get there.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    All this without one of the premier hitters doing anything really – Vlad is mush so far. The Rangers would make a fun opponent but I would still predict a series victory for the Phils. Now that Lee pitched this game, if the Rangers made the WS (and the good guys too of course), what are the possibilities of a Lee vs Halladay matchup in game 1?
    Nice storyline

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Can you imagine if Cliff Lee shows up at CBP to pitch Game 1 of the World Series?

    God forbid the Phils lose that game, we’d never hear the end of it.

    Ah well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…..Big game tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Cliff Lee vs Halladay?

    These are the 2 best pitchers in baseball.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    look like the giants are gonna be making major changes…another old pal aaron rowand will likely be starting tomorrow and sandoval will be starting too…how are we even in competion with this team?they don’t know what their indentiy is their benching this guy and that guy…the phils need to win 2 out there and bring it home and finish it off…not trying to be cocky but the phils are much better then the giants we showed it in game 2 if the phillies from that game can show up we can win this the giants are a low scoring team who heavly rely on their pitching to not give up many runs…cole worries me because he said in the past he doesn’t like pitching in day games and tomorrow is a day game hopefully cole pulls it together and we can get the win…another old pal cliff lee looks dominate as always he really is something but i’m still happy with doc him and lee are the best by far……..

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