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Jul
31
2010
July 30 Game Recap: Nationals 8, Phillies 1
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Roy Oswalt got knocked around in his Phillie debut, as the Nationals held the offense in check to end their eight game winning streak while falling to 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves.

Call it nerves, trying to hard, or just plain ol’ bad luck, buy Roy Oswalt wasn’t himself on Friday night. He was behind the eight-ball from the get-go, as his first pitch to Nyjer Morgan ended up in a triple, and two pitches later, a run.

The Nats scored two more off of Oswalt in the third and the fifth, which was more than enough to down the Phils, whose lone run came on a solo homer from Jayson Werth. All told, the team was o-4 with runners in scoring position.

They’ll look to start another winning streak on Saturday, when Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.85) takes on Ross Detwiler (0-1, 0.00).

Roy Oswalt (L, 6-13) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a homer (15) and an RBI.

Craig Stammen (W, 3-4) allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Nyjer Morgan went 1 for 3 with a triple (6) and two runs.

Adam Kennedy went 4 for 5 with a double (8), two runs and an RBI.

Josh Willingham went 1 for 3 with a double (16) and two RBIs.

Roger Bernadina went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

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  • http://twitter.com/killadelfia KILLADELFIA

    He didn’t throw his fastball enough. When he threw it, it was at 93 and above. He needs to throw it more.

  • Eric

    Well half of the city is ready to give up on Oswalt. Can’t imagine why he was hesitant to come here.

  • Eric

    Perhaps it’s because of the ever-present threat that I would try to insert my penis into his mouth, ears, nostrils, navel, anus, or dog’s anus.

  • Watrick

    It must be bad luck. They hit the ball to where guys weren’t at, and I learned from Cole that it’s just bad luck.

    Also, Dobbs sucks. I blame him totally for that botched play at 3rd. He was the only one who didn’t know he was supposed to cover 3rd.

  • Bozo

    I still don’t understand how you throw the ball when no one is there. Ruiz and Dobbs are to blame on that.

  • Eric

    Watrick, thank you for that.

  • Undocorkscrew

    I think Oswalt just didn’t have his location working today. Sure, he didn’t walk a lot of guys, but he was missing his target throughout the night. I think it was just nerves and once he got behind early, he started pressing even more.

    Oswalt will be fine. He’s always been one of my favorite pitchers, and it remains that way regardless of what team he’s on. Just hope he keeps his ERA low and loses a lot of games, similar to his performance with Houston this year.

    And I know this is a Phillies site, but just wanted to let everyone know that Martin Prado will be out at least 7-10 days with a fractured pinky(on a head-first slide, again). Cox is going to wait until tomorrow to decide whether or not he’ll need to be DL’d. I’m sure I’ll see numerous comments about ‘Nobody cares about the Braves, blah, blah’, but the only team a head of the Phillies losing their best hitter just hours before the trade deadline is relevant to a pennant race for both teams.

  • Undocorkscrew

    Replace ‘today’ with ‘last night’

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    no posts about Juan Samuel getting jobbed by Buck Showalter

  • Eric

    Undo – we appreciate you giving us information that I can find at espn. Without you, I’d be utterly lost on all things Atlanta.

  • Eric

    Undo, you can’t just give us HALF of the relevant Atlanta news! I went to ESPN and omg there are TWO BRAVES STORIES.

    Hey guys, Atlanta is ahead of us, so this is relevant also: CINCINNATI — Major League Baseball has rescinded a four-game suspension for Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters, deciding he didn’t purposely throw at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder.

    WOAHHHH

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    @Watrick You sound like a beerleaguer who claim that Happ’s stranding runners at 85% last year was “luck”. nice shutout last night. I’ve said before they never gave this kid a chance, using him as trade bait last year, 12-4, and again this year for a RH, geriatric, with a degenerative disc. Wonder why he wanted his money guranteed???

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    in the tune of the sound of music…

    the boards are alive, with the sound of BULLSHIT

  • Eric

    Wheels’ – you don’t understand sarcasm or baseball. You suck.

  • Greenman!

    I wonder what JA will think about when he’s home alone now that he’s already been traded.

  • Undocorkscrew

    @Eric….

    Obviously Venters non-suspension isn’t nearly as important as losing the best player on the team.

    And I refuse to watch ESPN, haven’t for years. So I assumed we were all the same in that regard, since anybody and everybody that watches it just whines about it non-stop. Wise up, get your baseball news online.

    And I wasn’t really trying to ‘inform’ you guys on Prado. I was trying to start a discussion about Prado, naturally. During the time when the site was down I suppose I forgot all the hostility you guys have built up. It’s incredible how such a small amount of users can’t discuss baseball with a non-Phillies fan without getting hostile. Someone here once told me, ‘Don’t you know we’re in a war?’

    Seriously? We’re fans of a baseball team, that’s it. We have no say or control over what happens on or off the field in any organization. I know the Phillies are once again ‘the class of the NL’ because they got Oswalt and all, but lighten up.

    3.5

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    i know you were being sarcastic. I just heard the word “luck” and had a flashback to a dark period in my life when the fightins’ exceeded their bandwidth and I was forced to deal with stat quoting sabermetric arm-chair gm douchebags on inferior phillies blogs. No malicious intentions, just venting…

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    @Undo yeah that was me, and i have you in my sights…

  • Shamels Raul Wertiz-Brown

    @Greenman!- He’ll be thinking about where the hot spots are in Houston to go out and eat alone.

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    Hearing rumors Howard is hurt (fractured foot). He’s definitely not in the line-up. Anyone have more info?

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    Going to be at the game, so I won’t hear about it on the TV…

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    we’re stockpiling weapons and waiting for the opportune time to strike. Oct 3rd??? Retire Cox and Wagner in one game = sweet

  • Greenman!

    @Shamels Raul Wertiz-Brown I spit up my food reading this lol

  • Greenman!

    @Shamels Raul Wertiz-Brown I spit up my food reading that lol

  • Bozo

    What… where are the rumors? Who said it? Fuck if it’s true. He did foul a ball of his foot the other day.

  • Bozo

    I read the Philly.com twitter feed thingy, didn’t see mention of an injury.

  • http://www.thefightins.com/ Tug Haines

    No, it’s 100% true. Zolecki reported it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jondgc Jon

    Tug, you are the man. Hahahaha.

  • Bozo

    Oh god I fell for it then saw it said Tom.

    I hate you for that but give you an A+++++++

  • Lynniemac

    “I was trying to start a discussion about Prado, naturally.”

    Undo, I’m not attacking you, I’m honestly curious: what makes you think that anyone here would want to discuss Prado?

  • Eric

    Uhh Lynnie he is leading the league in hits. What more do you want?

  • Mike P

    @ Undo

    Beyond injuries, the problem with the Braves is that, outside of a RIDICULOUS May, they have been a profoundly average baseball team.

    April 9-14
    May 20-8
    June 17-11
    July 13-10

    The big question is whether they have another stretch of baseball in them resembling what they did in May. I hear a lot about their pitching, and while Hudson (2.40 ERA, 1.121 WHIP) is a legitimate ace, the rest of the staff hasn’t lived up to expectations. Jurrjens (4.37 ERA, 1.257 WHIP) has shown some flashes, but it’s not entirely clear that he’s 100% healthy and his last start against Florida was merely OK. Hanson (3.99 ERA, 1.345 WHIP) hasn’t gotten through 7 innings in a month and a half, and Lowe (4.58 ERA, 1.427 WHIP) looks like he’s cooked. Unless their staff, supposedly their great strength, turns around and produces to its ability, Atlanta isn’t going to remain in first much past the next 2 weeks, regardless of Prado’s injury status. I’m not sure that they have the lumber to get them anywhere if the staff continues to underachieve.

    You asked for an honest discussion of the Braves. That’s my two cents.

  • Bozo

    Mike P comments good.

  • Lynniemac

    Uhh Eric, Josh Johnson leads the league in ERA, but I don’t want to discuss him here, either.

  • Mike P

    And now that I’ve suggested that Jurrjens’ performance has been uneven after coming off the DL, watch him throw 9 IP 1 ER today against Cincy. LOL

  • Mike P

    Anybody watching Braves-Cincy on Fox? They just flashed a ridiculous stat. On the road, Jurrjens hasn’t won a game on the road all year and has an ERA of 7.88. Wow!

  • Mike P

    *On the road, Jurrjens hasn’t won a game all year and has an ERA of 7.88.

  • Undocorkscrew

    @Mike P…..

    Jurrjens actually looked great in his last start against Florida. He had a rough 4th inning, coincidentally the only inning that there was insanely heavy rain. But he did look great outside of that inning.

    Their starting pitching has disappointed lately, I agree. But you know as well as I do Hanson is better than what he’s shown. Not sold on Jurrjens, but he does look as strong as he did last year. And he is 100% healthy. His velocity is up, his control is better. He’s showing no signs of being injured at all.

    Lowe is pretty much garbage, but everyone knew that going into this season. He’s their #4 or #5 guy, so it’s not all that important.

    Medlen has been great and the Braves are 12-1 when he starts.

    I’m not worried about the starting pitching. I’m worried about the offense, especially if Prado is out for any extended period of time.

  • Greenman!

    I’ve got the perfect idea, lets sign Derek Lee next season and have him play off our bench. He’ll be down with that right?

  • Greenman!

    OMG Chan Ho was DFA’d, lets get him too!

  • Bozo

    I know you’re being sarcasting but that might not be a bad idea…

    Our most reliable reliever is Durbin followed by Contreras and then everyone else is pretty much a question mark.

  • Tyler

    Please just tell Baez to go home. It’s better than putting him in the game.

    And about Oswalt: He’ll go 8 Shutout innings his next start.

  • Bozo

    Melky Cabrerra lolol. Fucking garbage, I’ve hated him since he faked throwing the ball to the fans in the WS last year.

  • Mike P

    @ Undo

    I wrote a long response, but the server rejected it, so I’ll make this one brief.

    If you’re looking into the crystal ball, there are two things to be concerned about in the NL East:

    1) Are the Phillies the team that mauled everyone in the first month and a half of the season, or are they the team that put Meech on hunger strike? Which team shows up down the stretch?

    2) Are the Braves the team that stunk in April, mauled everyone in May, or played profoundly average baseball in June and July? Which team shows up down the stretch?

    I really think the Braves need another run like their 20-8 May to put away the Phils, and I really don’t think they have that kind of stretch in them. I also think that the Phils have some winning streaks to come once Oswalt gets settled and Utley returns to the lineup.

    @ Greenman!

    I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic, but I would totally DFA Baez and pick up Park. Park’s overall stats look like shit, but his splits show that he’s dealing against righties (.237 opponent BA) and struggling against lefties (.328 opponent BA). Get him out of the Bandbox in the Bronx, set him up as a 7th inning guy, allowing him to take the righties and Romero to take the lefties, and he could be very, very successful.

  • Greenman!

    either it’s just me or Comcast broke it’s audio

  • Greenman!

    it’s not often you see a 47 year doing a somersault

  • mr_cee

    Just wondering if anybody sees the similarities between last years Yankmees team, the champion teams of Atlanta and the new look Phillies…………Yanks had Sabathia, Petite and Burnett last year, the Braves had Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. With the addition of Oswalt to the rotation, we’ve got one helluva triumvirate of our own going. Last night’s debut notwithstanding, I see this team going deep into the playoffs.

  • Lenny Dykstra Financial Whiz Kid

    Why isn’t Howard playing tonight?

  • mr_cee

    T-Mac says Cholly is giving him a night off since he didn’t get a break like everyone else during the All Star break.

  • Greenman!

    He hurt his foot in the shower

  • Greenman!

    I think the umpire hates fat people because he clearly isn’t calling shit for Blanton

  • Bozo

    Blanton begs for pitches way too often even if he’s right.

  • Greenman!

    this pitcher is all over the place, I’m going to be extremely pissed if we get held to one run again

  • Bozo

    BABIP

  • http://www.twitter.com/jondgc Jon

    Time for a shutdown inning. (lol yeah right)

  • Greenman!

    the only good thing about the Nationals beside Straburg and Dunn is the presidents, I know it’s gimmicky but it makes me laugh.

  • Cliff Remember Me Lee

    Great trade, Rube. Should’ve gotten some money from the Bossmens last year. 6 shutout innings would’ve looked good tonight. Rube.

  • Cliff Remember Me Lee

    Great trade, Rube. Should’ve gotten some money from the Bossmens last year. 6 shutout innings would’ve looked good tonight.

  • Phils Phan

    Lidge sucks.

  • Phils Phan

    Hey guys, I know I blew it, but I totally will be available to the press. See, I try to endear myself to the press and fans. I mean, if I can’t pitch for shit, I might as well interview for shit.

    Ahem. Here we go.

    I felt good tonight. I mean, I’m almost there. I just need to work on a little something. Like pitching. And once I get that down, we’ll be great.

    Questions?

    No. I am not in denial.

  • Greenman!

    Well tonight felt like 09 for sure, plenty of hits and the long ball and Lidge takes it all away! oh well, next day

  • Phils Phan

    Sorry–that was supposed to me as Brad. Nevertheless, what an asshole.

  • Greenman!

    I will say Lidge is better then last season so far, but he’s far from how he was in 08. I think he thought it was Pujols at the plate tonight.

  • nothin goes better with phillies baseball than a tastycake

    DAMNIT LIDGE F U

  • RicoBrogna

    FU Lidge and FU Charlie for next realizing that he’s done. Thank you for 2008 Lidge now go FN blow your head off and have a nice day!

  • Brian

    Release Lidge. Why they trot this disaster out every save is beyond me

  • The Dude

    The Lidge experiment should have been over three weeks ago. Or longer.

  • Bozo

    Dear Lidge, thank you for 2008. I realize how hard it would be to even come close to repeating such a season. Now stop sucking or give the job to someone else. I’d give Durbin a shot.

  • Brian

    that is part of the problem-they feel like they owe it to him after 08 and of course signing him to that ridiculous extension based on a career season….

  • travis lee

    And you assholes thought I stole money…………………

  • JAL88

    Lidge is the best closer ever and im a Phillies fan. lol

  • brad lidge

    HAHAHAHA 12 million dollars!!!! HAHAHAHA 12 million dollars!!!!! ritards…..

  • Braves2010NLChampions

    LOL and you expect to get to the post season with Brad closing ? Yeah right. Just give up and let the Braves have the division. The Phillies may get close but it’s ours.

  • Amandah

    I wouldn’t fuck Brad Lidge with Joe Murray’s dick.

    Regards,

    Amandah

  • Phils Phan

    @ 72:

    HAHAHAHA at someone who misspells “retard”. Seriously–shine my shoes you fucking illiterate moron.

  • Bozo

    Braves fans don’t get to talk smack when their centerfielder throws the ball into right field and allows a 3-run inside the parker. Oh and how about that faggot Heyward striking out looking as the tying run to end the game?

  • rick tomko

    I just cannot understand why Charlie is soooooo stupid
    continuing to use the LOSER [note minus the C] since is
    no longer the Closer but the LOSER.
    Note: I really like Charlie but can NEVER understand why
    if lidge takes a tantrum charlie submits to using him again
    and allows the obvious loss….

  • Mike P

    what’s crazy is that lidge was great in the previous game. But here we are…

  • Bozo

    Wouldn’t say Lidge was great vs the D-backs because the first batter nearly hit a home run.

  • Greenman!

    WOW you’re back Braves Troll! I missed you! you were no where to be found during our 8 win streak. Get ready to get pounded not by your boyfriend but by the NL Champs. DIE

  • Greenman!

    And also Brad Lidge is 100 times better simply because he is not a redneck douche that beats women like Wagner, he is a redneck but he has Jebus. Suck it you miserable fuck and GET BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK.

  • http://twitter.com/kraeer Kraeer

    sprots rulew

  • Lee’s gone shutup

    Cholly’s way too loyal to Lidge, that’s why he keeps using him. The last time he didn’t use him he got pissed and then he came out in extra innings and pitched great. Regardless, he pitched like shit once again and once he has runners on he goes full
    retard. Between Baez and Lidge I’m gonna have a heart attack.

    Oh and did anyone watch the Braves vs. Reds game on Fox? When Cabrera threw the ball away Kevin Millar kept saying “That’s like throwing a wet bar of soap, you know, when you throw a wet bar of soap ” I swear he said it five times.
    No, I don’t know what that’s like…and you’re like 40
    years old, time to ditch the frosted tips, that was cool a long time ago.

  • Greenman!

    the Braves tend to drop the soap in the showed a lot intentionally, I think thats what he was getting at

  • Mavis Beacon

    “shut up” is two separate words, duh. We’d be doing much better if Cliff were still here.

  • Bozo

    Starting pitching was not the problem last night. Get it out of your fucking head. Blanton worked 6 efficient innings despite struggling like hell in the first and he kept it close enough for the Phillies to win it. Lidge blew the game, today’s a new day, get over it.

    It’s people like you who make fans like me hate hearing about Cliff Lee and Lee certainly deserves more than that after what he did for us LAST YEAR but this year he isn’t a Phillie so shut up.

  • mich

    Lidge is done and the front office needs to realize it and move on. Just heard that Chan Ho was DFA. Maybe he’ll do the trick? Anything is better than Lidge at this point. What’s the expiration date on the loyalty we give to Lidge for ’08, anyway??? It’s getting ridiculous already. If we are so hung up on loyalty, where was it after Lee’s 1/2 season last year? He not only kicked ass but won the ONLY 2 games in the World Series. Where’s the loyalty for him? I know he’s gone and I’m over it but just sayin’.

    We’ll be fine with starting pitching. Oswalt just had a bad first outing and we’ll see him dominate soon enough. They need to do something about this god awful bullpen and NOW or this season is a wash.

  • D. Whitmore

    “I actually shook to get the fastball in on Zimmerman, which is a pitch I’ve had a lot of success against him with. I went back and looked where the pitch was. It was on the inner third, but he was ready for it tonight.”

    Nice fucking excuse. I wish that bible thumper would just man up and say “I threw one down the cock and he hit it 600 feet.”

  • olo567

    You know what, I kept blaming Charlie, but this time he’s right. Who the hell else is he going to use? It’s easy to say “anyone but Lidge” but Madson keeps getting chances and blowing them, Romero is a 50/50 shot to walk the first 3 guys he faces, Contreras all of a sudden can’t throw his splitter for strikes. Amaro needed to bring someone in to compete for the closer’s spot in case something like this happened again, which we all knew was pretty darn likely. So, who did he bring in? Danys Baez. Danys Baez was supposed to step up to the closer role. How’s that going to work out, RAJ? We all knew Lidge was having problems, but they didn’t get any bullpen help at the deadline and now we have to deal with what we’ve got.

  • Bozo

    Splitter is supposed to dive down and out of the zone but I know what you meant!

    I’d seriously give Durbin a shot. He’s gotten out of tough situations before and he’s easily been our BEST reliever since the ’09 postseason.

  • Bozo

    Hell, he got Pujols and Holiday out in extras in a 0-0 game. Not exactly for the weak of heart.

  • Mike P

    Christ. This clubhouse is a goddamned infirmary.

  • Bozo

    Speachless

  • Lee’s Gone Shut Up

    Mavis Beacon, sorry, it was 4am when I posted that, and I was wasted…

  • Greenman!

    Lets just have Halladay close too. He can probably handle it.

  • Greenman!

    So if I was a betting man, my money is on Werth getting hurt next.

  • http://www.goldenphila.com maria

    Brad Lidge for eva.

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