Roy Oswalt didn't really need the sloppy play and the bullpen meltdown by the Giants. He did just fine all by himself, limiting the Giants to their daily Cody Ross homer and not much else. He even got a hit and scored an "insurance" run in the 7th, starting the rally that ultimately blew the game open. Jonathan Sanchez walked in a run in the 1st and ran up an ugly pitch count, but limited the damage and kept the score close through six, getting seven strikeouts in the process. I was surprised he came out for the 7th even though it was the pitcher's spot--he'd done his job and probably should have turned the ball over to Ramon Ramirez or Santiago Casilla at that point. Shane Victorino was on deck, and he'd roped a double last time up, so I expected Sanchez would be pulled anyway. It all went to shit as both Ramirez and Casilla gave up run-scoring hits, with Jimmy Rollins delivering the two-out coup de grâce that put the game out of reach. You hope your bullpen can keep a one-run game a one-run game, thus giving you at least chance that a lucky break, a bad play, or a solo jack can tie it up, but the normally stalwart relief corps didn't get it done. I'm not sure it would have mattered the way Oswalt was pitching. According to the win probability chart, the Giants has their best chance in the 5th when Mike Fontenot drew a walk after Ross' one-out homer had tied the game. Edgar Renteria lined out to short for the second out and Oswalt whiffed Sanchez to end it. Sanchez then gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning, and the Phils never looked back.
If you had asked me on Friday if I would have been happy with a split over the weekend I would have given you a resounding "yes." Tonight's loss was deflating, though, as the team looked over-matched. It started out "no fun" and finished "no fun." And I don't like seeing stone-cold guys like Rollins getting their stroke back. Fortunately everyone gets a day off tomorrow and things resume in San Francisco on Tuesday. Work will likely cause me to miss most of Matt Cain's start as it is a day game. Let's hope he brings his good stuff and the bats wake up enough to help him out.