In the top of the third he gave up a leadoff double to Rick Ankiel. Oswalt proceeded to get the next two hitters out to bring up Ian Desmond with two outs and a runner on third. Desmond hit a shallow fly ball to right field. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went back on it and right fielder John Bowker came in on it. Instead of calling off Utley, Bowker didn’t say anything and the ball ended up falling in between both players. Desmond ended up on second and the Nationals were up 1-0. Roger Bernadina followed Desmond’s “double” with a single to bring him home.
The Nationals went down in order from there on out until the eighth. But the Phillies had an opportunity in the sixth. With one out in the sixth, Roy Oswalt and Jimmy Rollins walked. After Shane Victorino flied out, Utley worked a walk to load the bases and down by 2. Raul Ibanez then flew out to left center to end the inning.
The Phillies ended up getting on the board in the ninth. John Mayberry Jr. came up with two outs and doubled down the left field line. Carlos Ruiz singled to right to drive in Mayberry to cut the lead to 6-1. That’s all the Phillies could muster tonight as Ben Francisco popped out to end the game.
This was a bad game. The offense was dormant and the defense was subpar. Oswalt pitched 7 2/3 good innings until the Desmond single and he just fell apart. At 8-10, this is Oswalt’s first losing season of his career. The Phillies head to New York to face the Mets in a three game series this weekend. Cole Hamels faces off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tomorrow night at 7:05 at Citi Field.