The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.
The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.
Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.
The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.