Roy Oswalt, who left the game in the third inning after more back issues, got hit around as the Phillies fell to the Cardinals in a 12-2 debacle.
In just two innings of work, Oswalt surrendered four earned on five hits. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury tweeted that his exit was due to lower back tightness. Considering Oswalt’s struggles in June (1-4, 5.81) and his chronic back problems, the four aces the Phils once boasted are beginning to feel more like three of a kind.
To literally add insult to injury, the Phils offense was unable to get anything going against Chris Carpenter, who pitched seven innings of one-run ball. Chase Utley was the lone player to register multiple knocks for the Phils as the team managed seven hits altogether. The only extra-base hits came with the game already in the bag as Carlos Ruiz homered and Ross Gload doubled with two outs in the ninth inning.
In need of relief: Jose Contreras hit the 15-day DL earlier today, but the team now estimates that the reliever will be out four to six weeks. He has a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm, which will keep him from throwing for at least two weeks. After Danys Baez’s stellar eighth tonight, Contreras’ impending absence is all the scarier.
Next up: The Phils play host to the Oakland A’s on Friday as Vance Worley (2-1, 3.41) drops the gloves with Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.30).