The first start by recently acquired pitcher, Roy Oswalt, for the Philadelphia Phillies was a less than memorable event. Oswalt got lit up for 5 runs, of which 4 were ER, in the 6.0 Innings that he pitched. This is hardly the start that most Phillies fans imagined when they first heard that Roy Oswalt became a Philadelphia Phillie.
The Washington Nationals welcomed Roy to the Phillies, by getting 1 run in the first inning, 2 more in the third, and 2 more in the fifth. Oswalt also hit two Washington Nationals batters tonight, after not hitting nearly anyone all season. In a way it was to be expected, with all the excitement of the trade and the traveling to a new team, you can hardly expect Oswalt to be able to fully concentrate on his job tonight.
It is not going to be easy, even with a pitcher like Oswalt for the Phillies. The team still has to go out on the field and play baseball, and tonight the Phillies didn't have much offense to show. The win streak stops at 8, as the Phillies lose to the Nationals by a score of 8 to 1.
The Phillies will go again against the Nationals on Saturday night at 7:05 PM, and on Sunday at 1:05 PM. it will be Joe Blanton pitching for the Phillies on Saturday, and Cole Hamels pitching on Sunday to finish up the series in Washington.
Meanwhile, in Houston tonight, JA Happ was pitching a masterful game at the time this column is being written. He has cruised through six innings and given up no runs, and appears to be well on his way to victory for the Astros. Sometimes all that appears on paper, doesn't hold true in real life. That is baseball, and the Phillies have to still play the game between the lines even with a guy named Roy Oswalt.
Last night, the Phillies had a neat promotion running called the 1980s flashback, there was entertainment and even the ball girls were dressed as they were many years ago in the 80s. Thanks the WPHL, we have some of the scenes that went on last night at the ballpark in Philadelphia. yes, this is the way the Phillies ball girls looked back in the day, got to love those boots! For more photos click here to go to the WPHL Phillies site.
Scenes from last night's 1980's Flashback, hey Phillies how about some 80's uniforms for the players next time?