Monday, August 23, 2010
2010 Phillies Team Issue 2 #44 Roy Oswalt
Game 123 - Sunday Afternoon, August 22nd in Philadelphia
One of the benefits of having XM Satellite Radio in my car (and this isn't a paid endorsement) is that I can listen to entire ballgames during lengthy car rides. On our way back from Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, we listened to most of the Phillies game, before a nearly 2-hour rain delay took away our entertainment. The Phils were seemingly in control of this game from its outset, as Jimmy Rollins came around to score the game's first run following his lead-off double. In the top of the 1st, Roy Oswalt stranded Nyjer Morgan at 3rd and the Nationals didn't show much sign of life after that.
Oswalt pitched 7 innings of shutout ball while striking out 8 Nationals on his way to his 9th win of the year. Wilson Valdez (2-run, 2-out single in the 6th) and Raul Ibañez (2-run homer in the 7th) had the big hits in the game as the Phils kept their lead in the NL Wild Card race to 2 games over the Cardinals and the Giants.
1967: It was the Phillies' 15th shutout of the season, and the team's most since 1967. Jim Bunning (6), Larry Jackson (4), Rick Wise (3), Chris Short (2) and Dick Ellsworth (1) accounted for the team's shutouts back in '67. (And it shocks me to discover that I have yet to feature baseball cards of any of these pitchers on this blog.)