Marlins 4, Phillies 3
Game 13 - Friday Night, April 15th in Philadelphia
One Sentence Summary: Greg Dobbs punished his former team with a two-run pinch-single in the seventh, after Roy Oswalt's strained lower back forced his departure from the game and forced the entrance of a rusty bullpen.
What It Means: If you want to beat the Phillies, sign one of their former players. The Phillies fell to 9-4 and two of their four losses have featured key hits from former players - Dobbs tonight and Jayson Werth on Tuesday night. The Phils maintain a one game lead over the Marlins in the N.L. East and they'll send Cole Hamels to the mound tomorrow night.
What Went Wrong: Never mind the loss, Oswalt's back injury could be the biggest blow of the night. He appeared to have injured himself running out a bunt fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth. He's suffered from back problems before, and he's been on the twice with the same ailment - once in 2006 and again in 2009. Both occurrences landed him on the 15-day DL.
After Oswalt was forced from the game, the bullpen couldn't get the job done. J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined to record one out while allowing three hits, a walk and two runs.
Field Report: My record fell to 2-1 in games I've attended this year. Jenna and I went with the chicken tenders and fries at the ballpark, mixing it up a little from the usual fare. We also checked out the life-size Jackie Robinson statue on display in Ashburn Alley, carved completely out of wood (click to enlarge). Both teams wore Robinson's #42 in honor of the baseball (and American) pioneer.