Oswalt's Back is Fine in Shutout Win


Everyone take a deep breath.  Now everyone wonder why the fuck you are awake at 1:30 in the morning to watch a baseball game….you are an adult for gods sake.  Anyway, Roy Oswalt looked just fine tonight as he allowed one hit in six innings while striking out seven.  There were no lingering effects from the back tightness that Oswalt suffered during his last start against the Marlins.  He would have been around longer if not for a couple of long at bats (notably Jorge Cantu’s 14 pitch effort) raising his pitch count.  Little Roy improved to 3-0 and has looked really good in the early going, even though you know damn well that the guy would rather be in Mississippi shooting at dangerous animals.

Mat Latos on the other hand, not only looks like a douche bag, but he is pitching like crap.  Latos stumbled through 4 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs and walking five.  He had a good slider, giving him the ability to strike out seven and he made Ryan Howard look absolutely ridiculous.  Latos managed to not get shelled even though the Phillies had multiple base runners in every inning he pitched.  He handed the ball to the bullpen only trailing 3-0.

The Phillies hit two solo home runs today.  Ben Fransisco and Brian Schneider smashed the living crap out of two Latos offerings directly after Wheels informed us that there would be no home runs today due to the size of the ballpark.  Outside of these two swings, the Phillies squandered a bevy of offensive opportunities.  Howard went 0-5 with four strikeouts letting everyone know that the offense is officially in the dumper.  Fransisco drove in two of the three Phillie runs and Polonco stayed hot going 2-4 with a walk.

Based on the fact that the Padres were shut out, the pitchers (except David Herndon) were the stars of the game.  Oswalt looked healthy, Antonio Bastardo looked like he is really to pitch in high leverage situations, and Jose Contreras earned his fifth save in five chances.  I was really impressed with Bastardo.  Ryan Madson was unavailable tonight so Bastardo was asked to bail Herndon out and ran out there for the next inning.  He allowed a hit and two walks, but escaped without allowing a run.  This coupled with the fact that he has a fantastic name is going to make him popular.  The Phils won 3-0.

It is really late.  I hate it when the Phils go to the west coast.  Tomorrow night, Cole Hamels starts in his home town against Clayton Richard.  I am going to bed.  Good night internet.

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  • bureaucratist

    Tony, I’m a fan. I think you’re a great addition to the best Phillies blog going, and I was skeptical at first because I think Klugh is such a great writer. But I have to make a request: PLEASE stop mentioning Chris Wheeler. When you bring him up in any form or fashion, even to ridicule him as you do here, it immediately blocks out anything else you might have to say because all I can think about is what an unbelievably cocksucking asshole that dumb motherfucker is, and how much I wish his parents had never been born. OK?

    • Tony DiStefano

      Its funny, I get so consumed with what Wheeler says that I can’t stop thinking about it. If I could figure out how to sync up the radio broadcast with the television, there is no chance in hell that I would subject myself to his cocksuckery. Be that as it may, sometimes, when he talks, I have to comment because if I don’t, there is real possibility that I will kill someone. Wholeheartedly agree about his contribution to the broadcast and I will take your advice and attempt to leave him off of these pages.

    • bureaucratist

      Tony, thanks for taking me seriously. That’s all I can offer. If you’re trying, that’s all I can ask. I had my brother buy a dozen copies of the Inquirer the day Whitey died. To think that Chris Wheeler fills in now for the voice of my youth … to be honest it makes me wish that everyone I’ve ever known was dead, included me and my mom.

  • dirtdawg

    Tony, Maybe you oughta go write for a Wheels fan site and stay off my Phils blog…

    • Tony DiStefano

      Noted.

  • http://http//thatballsouttahere.com Justin

    I don’t take any of you seriously.

    • http://http//thatballsouttahere.com Justin

      That includes myself.

  • bureaucratist

    Excuse me, “Justin,” I don’t believe I was talking to you. I was talking to my new friend, Tony, whom I *will* be inviting to my birthday party, unlikely certain other bloggers named “Klugh” that I know.

    • http://www.tango-echo.com Justin Klugh

      WELL I WAS TALKING TO EVERYBODY BECAUSE THAT IS JUST HOW I TALK. YOUR “BIRTHDAYS” ALWAYS SUCK ANYWAY. ALL THOSE ANIMALS IN CAGES BEGGING FOR DEATH WHILE YOU THROW EXPENSIVE SCOTCH ON THEM. THAT SHIT IS DISTURBING, MAN, AND EVERYBODY’S SCARED OF IT.

    • Tony DiStefano

      Being disturbed is a small price to pay for cake. Especially birthday cake.

    • bureaucratist

      Yeah, except that my mom substitutes crystal meth for sugar in her birthday cake recipes and likes to have us play pin the tail on a live donkey. The only expensive Scotch comes when her boyfriend/common-law husband gets out of jail long enough to knock over a liquor store. So, it’s kind of, like, you know.

    • http://www.tango-echo.com Justin Klugh

      Okay now I AM regretting not being invited.