Roy Oswalt has gotten and average of less than four runs of support all season with Houston and Philadelphia. But this time, all he needed was three runs as he pitched his first complete game shut out as a Phillies, leading the Phils to a 3-0.
The Phils took two of three in New York and improved to 9-3 in September as they head to Florida.
Oswalt’s fastball was on point once again. The crafty right-hander went the distance, holding New York to only four hits and a walk while striking out six. It was his 20th career complete game and eighth career shut out.
Since joining the Phillies, Oswalt is 6-1 in his nine starts and has seen his ERA drop almost 50 points as it’s now a 2.94. The Phillies are 8-1 in games he pitched, showing the type of effect he has had on the team.
Oswalt’s support came early. Chase Utley hit and RBI single in the first inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. He finished the night 2-for-4.
In the third, Ryan Howard hit an RBI single, his 99th RBI on the season, to make it a 2-0 game.
The Phils tacked on one more run in the seventh. With one out, Raul Ibanez ripped a shot to dead center to make it a 3-0 game.
Wilson Valdez, making his third straight start in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins, went 2-for-4. Placido Polanco added a double.
2B: Polanco (26). HR: Ibabez (14).
WP: Oswalt (12-13). LP: Niese (9-8)