It took three games, but Roy Oswalt finally received his first win with his new team after the Philadelphia Phillies bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0. He pitched seven impressive innings, allowing just five hits over seven innings to keep the Phillies 2 ½ games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 1 game back of the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card.
Since acquiring him on July 29, Oswalt received little run support from the Phillies in his first two starts against the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins. The story was the same on Wednesday; the only difference this time around was the two runs scored by Philadelphia were enough for the win.
Despite his 7-13 record, Oswalt is arguably one of the best pitches the National League. If the Phillies plan on taking advantage of his outstanding pitching, they need to figure out a way to provide him with more run support. In Oswalt’s first three outings, Philadelphia has provided their newest pitcher with a total of just four runs.
For a team looking for their third-straight NL title, the Phillies are going to need to do a better job providing Oswalt with more run support if they want to be playing beyond October 3.