Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 15: The Phils crush the Nats as Roy Oswalt becomes 9-0 at the Bank, as the Phils win, 9-1.

The Phils’ offense continue its September surge as they score nine unanswered runs as they crush the Nats, 9-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his ninth start at Citizens Bank Park without a lost. The Phils’ lead in the NL East stays at three game.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Chase Utley, moving Polanco up to second base, and a single by Ryan Howard, moving both Polanco and Utley up a base, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, while sending Utley to third and Howard to second base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, while sending Werth up to third, before Ibanez would move up to second on the late throw. After Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch, reloading the bases, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, as the ball hits the second base umpire, thus being called dead, as he was in front of the second baseman, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead as Werth scores, while both Ibanez and Ruiz would move up a base. Roy Oswalt then gave the Phils a 5-1 lead with an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while moving up both Ruiz and Valdez, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Oswalt at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz would score, and Valdez would move up to third, as Victorino would safely reach first. The Nats tried to get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Willie Harris’ ground out, 4-3, he tried to score on Justin Maxwell’s liner to center, and was cut down at home by a strong throw by Victorino, as Ruiz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the final out on a line out-doubleplay, 8-2. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’s lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on a missed catch error by Joe Bisenius on Adam Dunn’s throw to first on Ibanez’s grounder. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Maxwell, swinging, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 7-1 (13-13)  with a 1.94 ERA (2.90). Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Madson) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out two (Romero) between them. Jason Marquis took the lost as he lasts only a third of an inning, giving up six runs on six hits, a hit batter and a walk. His record is now 2-9 with a 7.71 ERA. Miguel Batista pitches three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter. Scott Olsen pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Doug Slaten pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits apiece, with Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez had two singles, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Howard, Valdez and Oswalt’s hits being singles, with Victorino, Valdez and Oswalt each knocking in a run, while Ruiz hits a two-run home run. The Phils’ offense continue to score runs, as they keep smoking the ball.

The Phils (87-61, 1st) continues their series with the Nats (62-85, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-9, 4.85), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up eleven runs on nineteen hits and five walks, while striking out three. He will be trying to expand on his last start, while hoping to give the Phils a chance to win. The Nats will send to the mound Jordon Zimmermann (0-1, 5.29), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 12, as he went only three innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched thirteen innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that the Phils will have problems facing him. The Phils will be trying to continue their winning ways, while hoping to increase their lead in the NL East. 


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