In his second start back since coming off the DL, Roy Oswalt looked healthy and in control. Thanks to an early lead given to him by the offense, he was able to relax and really settle back into the rotation.
Through seven innings, Oswalt gave up three runs on six hit and a walk for a quality start. While Oswalt pitched, the Phillies offense did more than their share to help out.
Ryan Howard continues to rip the cover off the ball. Tonight he went 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a 2-run homer. That puts him at 95 RBI on the year, which leads the league.
Also with a multi-hit night, Shane Victorino shows no signs of slowing down. He is now batting .313.
The Phillies scored runs in a variety of ways tonight, taking advantage of Nationals errors, running the bases well and taking walks. Oswalt walked twice, and one of those forced a run home. Pitcher John Lannan lasted only three innings, allowing seven runs, six of which were unearned due to Nats bloopers.
By the eighth inning, the Phillies has the game well in hand, leading 8-3. Only, there was still one issue. Hunter Pence did not yet have a hit. And as has been the trend since Pence joined the team, if he does not hit, the Phillies do not win. Pence alleviated all worries of a Nats comeback with an RBI-single in the 8th. Whew!
Michael Stutes pitched the final two innings to secure the Phillies 11-3 win over the Nats, splitting the series at one game apiece.
The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:35pm which is to be preceded by the unveiling of the new fan-funded Harry Kalas statue. However, the weather is calling for a lot of rain, threatening the game. Cross your fingers! If the rain holds out, I will return with photos.
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