Oct 182010
Phillies RHP Roy Oswalt

Phillies RHP Roy Oswalt

October 18 delcotimes.com:

PHILADELPHIA Roy Oswalt is from Weir, Miss., a town with a population just over 500. So you can excuse the pitcher from running through a stop sign Sunday night.

They probably don’t have many stop signs in Weir.

Oswalt’s biggest offensive contribution in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series came in the seventh inning, when he sparked a four-run rally by running right through third base coach Sam Perlozzo’s raised arms on a single to center before sliding home just in front of San Francisco catcher Buster Posey’s tag.

“I’d say go for it,” manager Charlie Manuel laughed afterward. “What the hell are we going to do, rope him? I’m not a cowboy. I may look like one and talk like one.”

Oswalt’s inspired base-running was only outshined by his sparkling performance from the mound.

With the Phils in danger of falling into a disastrous deficit before the series shifted to San Francisco, Oswalt limited the Giants to three hits in eight innings as the Phils rolled to a 6-1 win in South Philly Sunday night.

The 33-year-old right-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and dominated the Giants from start. A loss away from being buried, Oswalt and the Phils converted on the must-win scenario, tying the NLCS at 1-1.

The teams will resume what now amounts to a best-of-five series at AT&T Park Tuesday.

“I think the biggest thing is momentum,” said Oswalt, who made his ninth career postseason start Sunday. “You’re trying to make momentum come back on your side. In 2005, (Albert) Pujols hit a home run in Game 5. I went to the clubhouse after that and knew I needed to set the tone (in the next game). I’m hoping momentum switched and we can go to San Fran and take the series there.”

Although the Phils offense was stuck in neutral for the first two-thirds of the night, Oswalt managed to do what Halladay couldn’t a night earlier. He out-dueled his counterpart on the mound.

San Fran lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who handcuffed the Phils on two hits over eight innings two months ago, wasn’t necessarily stingy as he was effective when he needed to be. But the Phils squeezed across two runs in the first six in innings with some small ball.

Jimmy Rollins worked a bases-loaded walk in the first. Shane Victorino scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Roy Oswalt didn’t need anything else. The only blemish on his pitching line, of course, was a Cody Ross home run.

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