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Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:52 am
Roy Oswalt Roy Oswalt's 18-pitch outing in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series won't change his status as the Game 6 starter, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

"I don't think so. I think that he knows himself a little bit more than I do," Manuel said in the postgame news conference . "And [pitching coach Rich] Dubee watches him a lot. He's closer to him than I am. He spends more time with him."

Manuel also said it was Oswalt's idea to warm up and make himself available. Oswalt had thrown a bullpen earlier in the day.

He said he wanted to be in there," Manuel said. "He said he'd be glad to go."

Still, it was Manuel's decision to use him instead of his closer, Brad Lidge.

"I was definitely ready, but not surprised. It was on the road -- so only with the lead," Lidge said (via David Hale of the News Journal ). "That's how I've done it my whole career, that's how most closers do it. At home, that ninth inning is mine. On the road, the way I've always done it is with a lead I'm going in, and if it's a tie game, no, unless it keeps dragging on."

The Phillies were at the top of the line, No. 2 hitter Chase Utley made the last out of the top of the ninth, so it's no stretch that Lidge could have pitched two innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:42 am

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Take your wife out to dinner on saturday, because you wont be watching baseball, unless your thinking of the Yankees game.

Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 8:03 am

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Really? that's what you're going with?  Phils in 7?  putting all your eggs on Halladay--who was matched pitch for pitch in game 1 loss- Oswalt, who looked much less than stellar last night- and Hamels who i believe lost game 3.  No baseball sense, typical lost fan w/ no clue as to what is really happening out there.  Rangers are there yet, but i'll give you that one, they should be soon.

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:27 am

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Never that!! They still gonna have to go 7!!!! Do NOT forget about Halladay today and then Oswalt on Saturday and if they want it they have to beat Cole AGAIN and i aint seeing that!! Phils in seven and beat Rangers in six!!!!!

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:01 am

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

The Giants win couldn't have finished against a better Phillies pitcher for the walk off.Ol' Roy had it in his heart to do it.Just didn't work out.......Giants in 5?Say it ain't so!!Surprised

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