The Phillies bookended the Nationals with a pair of shutouts by completing the series victory Sunday afternoon. A rejuvenated Roy Oswalt (9-13) twirled seven shutout innings and struck out eight.
We'll look back on this season as a series of small acts. Right now, we're living in the post-Oswalt era where opponents are being bottled up by at least two big pitching performances a series. Once again, Oswalt established his fastball early and buttered the opposition for his offspeed and breaking stuff. And what a relief it must be for Oswalt not to pull punches when he has a defense playing as well as the Phillies did on Sunday. Timely hitting - none better than Wilson Valdez's two-out, two-run single in the sixth to give the Phillies a comfortable 4-0 cushion - rounded out a sterling Sunday that was soured only by a one-hour and 44-minute rain delay. Beerleaguers weigh in:
"Why will the Phillies be fine the rest of the way? Maybe this will tell: Phillies starters over their last seven starts: