Oswalt has a rocky debut against Nats

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Jul 312010

July 31 Philadelphia Inquirer

 “Roy Oswalt’s flight from Houston arrived here at 11 p.m. Thursday.

He settled into the team hotel about two hours before the rest of the Phillies and went to bed knowing he would pitch Friday night in a pennant race for the first time since 2006.

He was excited, probably too excited, he said, after losing his Phillies debut, 8-1, at Nationals Park.

“It’s hard to gain 30 games overnight,” Oswalt said.

He spoke in hyperbole, but it had to feel that way, going from the fifth-place Astros to Philadelphia. But that’s why the 32-year-old righthander waived his no-trade clause, to pitch in the playoffs again.

In his first start for the Phillies, Oswalt said, he let the previous 48 hours affect him. The Nationals tagged Oswalt for five runs (four earned) in six innings.

The Phillies lost for the first time in nine games.

“I came out a little amped up, holding the ball a little bit tight,” Oswalt said. “I didn’t really start feeling better until the last two innings, actually. It didn’t really go my way.”

The three-day whirlwind didn’t help matters.

Friday was Oswalt’s scheduled day to pitch and both manager Charlie Manuel and he said it was good to get the first one out of the way. But Oswalt’s preparation changed drastically.”

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