Oswalt’s Gem Completes Sweep

As the Fresh Prince once said, the Phillies are, “hotter than Madona in a pointy bra.” Roy Oswalt, Raul Ibanez, and one-hitter are all I need to say to describe this beautiful 1-0 win to sweep Atlanta, give the Phils a six-game lead in the division, and put them on a scorching 10-game winning streak.

Oswalt pitched seven remarkable innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out eight. The lone hit Oswalt allowed was a double by Martin Prado with two outs in the fourth to break up his perfect game.

Tommy Hanson wasn’t to be overshadowed as well. The Braves starter allowed only two hits and three walks in six innings of work while striking out four. Neither he or Oswalt got credited with a decision.

Brad Lidge locked the door, earning his 26th save on the year. Lidge earned a save in each of the three games this series.

The Phillies finally got on the board in the eighth. Chase Utley led-off the inning getting hit by a pitch but Ryan Howard hit into a double play. Jayson Werth was walked immediately after and Ibanez ripped an RBI double with Werth scoring from first.

The Phillies are off Thursday and will begin a weekend series at home against the Mets, their final home series of the season.

2B: Ruiz (25), Ibanez (35).

WP: Madson (6-2). LP: Venters (0-1). S: Lidge (26).


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