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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Game 133: Oswalt delivers again (75-58)

The Phils are now 5-1 on their road trip after a 5-1 victory over LA this afternoon. Roy Oswalt pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing only 1 hit but 6 walks thanks to the umpire's absurd strike zone.

Charlie Manuel did a good job today until the 9th inning when he decided to use Brad Lidge in a 4-run game for the second straight day. The odds of overcoming a 4-run deficit to win are less than 1 percent. Manuel decided this was too much to risk, and he unnecessarily used his closer. Now, if he pitches tomorrow, he will almost certainly be unavailable for Friday night's game against Milwaukee. Pretty much any reliever, including Jose Contreras and David Herndon, are better options than Lidge.

Also, it's September 1st and the Phillies called up zero players. Since it's only been a week after Roy Oswalt played left field, you'd think they'd want some extra players, especially for pinch-running purposes (this could be the slowest bench of all time).

Tomorrow the Phils play Colorado in a make-up game at 7:10 pm when Big Joe Blanton faces RHP Jhoulys Chacin.

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