Roy Oswalt’s hot August carried into September as the right-hander kept the Dodgers bats cold on a hot SoCal day. Oswalt allowed one hit in his outing and Chase Utley hit three doubles in the Phillies 5-1 win Wednesday day.
The Dodgers didn’t get their only hit off Oswalt until the sixth inning when Casey Blake singled with two outs. Oswalt was shockingly wild today and his 115 pitches forced his early exit as he allowed a hit and six walks while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings of work.
But the offensive surge came from Utley, who desperately needed to bust out of the little slump he was in coming off the DL. The second baseman ripped three doubles and drove in two runs.
Jimmy Rollins started it all with the second pitch of the game. He sent Clayton Kershaw’s 0-1 offering into the bleachers to give the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Shane Victorino then did the same thing in the second inning to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Rollins and Victorino each had a pair of hits and Rollins crossed the plate three times.
The Dodgers finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth on a James Loney single. His hit was their third and final hit of the game.
Oswalt has been amazing for the Phillies, allowing only one earned run in his last 21 1/3 innings pitched. He’s been something special for the Phillies after he settled in and will be a key part to their playoff run.
Also, Phillies killer Rod Barajas had his 12-game hitting streak against the Phillies snapped today. He had one more chance in the ninth but Brad Lidge struck him out.
2B: Utley 3 (18), Howard (18), D. Brown (3). HR: Rollins (7), Victorino (16).
WP: Oswalt (10-13). LP: Kershaw (11-9).