Roy, Oh Roy
The good news is Roy Oswalt has about 11 more starts to make up for it.
The bad news is it helped cost the Phillies a game in the standings.
In terms of highly anticipated Phillies pitching debuts in the past 12 months, Oswalt offered the least impressive one last night at Nationals Park. He allowed seven hits, five runs, two walks and hit two batters in six innings as the Phillies snapped their eight-game winning streak in an 8-1 loss to fall 3 ½ games behind the Braves in the NL East.
“I think the next start will be a little better tuned,” Oswalt said.
Cliff Lee allowed one run in a complete game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 31, 2009. Pedro Martinez allowed three runs in five innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 12, 2009, his first start since 2008. Roy Halladay allowed one run in seven innings against the Nationals at Nationals Park on April 5.
(J.A. Happ allowed two hits in six scoreless innings in a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in his Astros debut.)
Oswalt gets his second chance Thursday against the Marlins. He should be a bit more relaxed — Oswalt said he was too amped up — and more comfortable in his surroundings. We’ll see.