One Night After Offensive Outburst, Dodgers Get Shutout By Oswalt, Phillies

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Dodgers Blanked By Phillies 2-0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Roy Oswalt worked seven scoreless innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies take a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second of a three-game set.

Oswalt (7-13), making his third start since he was acquired by Philadelphia, gave up just five hits and two walks with five strikeouts to get his first win as a member of his new team. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge each worked a scoreless inning for the Phils, who have won seven of their last nine games. They remained 2 1/2 contests behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East.

Raul Ibanez extended his hitting streak to 18 games as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Domonic Brown drove in the other run in the win.

Chad Billingsley (9-7) was tagged with the loss as he yielded two runs on five hits over six innings for the Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Scott Podsednik went 3-for-4 in a losing effort.

This game was a far cry from Tuesday's 15-9 contest, which Los Angeles won, that saw 32 hits, including five home runs.

With the game scoreless in the fourth, the Phillies worked a run across. Placido Polanco singled to start the frame and, after Ross Gload flied out, walks to Ibanez and Jayson Werth loaded the bases. Brown then hit a sharp grounder to second and Los Angeles tried to turn the double play, but Werth's slide broke it up and Polanco crossed the plate.

Jamey Carroll doubled to lead off the fifth, but the next two batters recorded outs. Podsednik then beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive. Ryan Theriot, though, hit into a force play to end the frame.

Oswalt worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning, including striking out the final two batters, and the Phillies added another run in the bottom of the frame. Gload led off the inning with a double, but came up lame when he neared second base and Mike Sweeney took the basepaths. Ibanez followed with a double to center to make it a 2-0 game.

Oswalt kept Los Angeles off the board in the seventh as he pitched around a two-out walk.

Madson came on in the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Podsednik, but struck out the next two batters and got James Loney to fly out.

Lidge then set the Dodgers down in order in the ninth for his 15th save of the season.

Gload's injury was termed a right groin strain and he will be evaluated on Thursday...Clayton Kershaw will pitch for Los Angeles in the finale on Thursday and will be opposed by Joe Blanton.


Dodgers Make It Official: Furcal To DL, Juan Castro Called Up

The Dodgers made official the move expected from last night:

Today the #Dodgers placed SS Rafael Furcal on the DL (retro to 8/3) and purchased the contract of INF Juan Castro from Triple-A

Castro is in Philadelphia today, and is available to play tonight if needed.

Furcal is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on August 18.


Tonight's Dodgers-Phillies Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups, which are without Matt Kemp for the second straight game:

Podsednik CF
Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Gibbons LF
Carroll SS
Ellis C
Billingsley P

Rollins SS
Polanco 3B
Gload 1B
Ibanez LF
Werth CF
Brown RF
Ruiz C
Valdez 2B
Oswalt P


Dodgers Seek More Brotherly Love From Oswalt, Phillies

(Sports Network) - Roy Oswalt has yet to pitch at home since his recent trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, or record a victory with his new team for that matter. The veteran hurler will take another shot at accomplishing that second goal when he makes his Citizens Bank Park debut in a Philadelphia uniform in tonight's matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Oswalt has made two starts since being acquired from the Houston Astros just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, recording a loss and a no-decision in those outings. The three-time All-Star surrendered five runs (four earned) in six innings of a July 30 setback at Washington, but bounced back with a sharper effort against Florida this past Thursday. Oswalt shut out the Marlins over the game's first six innings, but was touched for a pair of runs in the seventh and wound up not factoring in the final outcome of Philadelphia's 5-4 win.

The right-hander has dropped three straight decisions overall and has endured a trying 2010 season, as he leads the majors with 13 losses despite having registered a solid 3.50 earned run average in 22 starts. A lack of run support has certainly played a role in that high loss total, with Oswalt's teams having mustered only one run total over the course of his last three defeats.

Judging by past results, Oswalt is going to enjoy pitching in his new home stadium. During his tenure with the Astros, the 32-year-old prevailed in all four of his starts at Citizens Bank Park and owns a 2.60 lifetime ERA at the venue.

Oswalt also sports a 6-3 mark along with a 3.47 ERA in 10 career encounters (nine starts) with the Dodgers, whom he's yet to face this season.

The Phillies will be asking their new addition to help the team put behind a lopsided loss in Tuesday's opener of this three-game series. Los Angeles started off a week-long road trip on a very high note, busting out 18 hits in outslugging Philadelphia by a 15-9 count.

The Dodgers roared out to a 7-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings and had the first six players in the lineup collect multiple hits in the much-needed win. Andre Ethier led the charge by going 4-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored, while Jay Gibbons had three hits -- including a homer -- and knocked in three runs on the night. Casey Blake added a two-run homer and drove home two more runs with a single for Los Angeles, which had lost nine of its last 10 on the road coming in.

"We did some things early in the game, we moved some people, we manufactured some stuff and then we had some big hits," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I was very pleased with the offense."

Los Angeles' offensive barrage made a winner out of Vicente Padilla (6-3), despite the ex-Phillie allowing four runs and six hits over the first five innings. He was still able to outpitch counterpart Kyle Kendrick (7-5), who was tagged for six runs (five earned) and eight hits before being lifted after only 3 1/3 frames.

"It's frustrating, you never want to pitch bad," said Kendrick afterward. "You're going to have bad outings. Obviously you don't want to have them right now, it's a tough time to have them."

Tuesday's loss, only the fourth in the past 18 contests for the Phillies, spoiled outstanding performances from both Ross Gload and rookie sensation Dominic Brown. Gload belted a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-5 on the night, while Brown went deep for the first time in his big-league career and also knocked in four runs for the game.

Raul Ibanez went 1-for-4 for the Phillies last night to extend his career-best hitting streak to 17 games. The outfielder is batting .397 (25-for-63) with four homers and 16 RBI over the course of his tear.

Philadelphia fell to 2 1/2 games back of first-place Atlanta in the National League East race after the Braves defeated Houston on Tuesday, and remain a game behind Wild Card co-leaders Cincinnati and San Francisco at the moment.

The Dodgers were able to gain some ground in the Wild Card standings with last night's victory, with Torre's squad now trailing the Reds and Giants by 4 1/2 games.

Chad Billingsley will attempt to pitch Los Angeles to a fourth straight win and maintain his recent strong form when he opposes Oswalt in tonight's tilt. The 2009 All-Star has posted an outstanding 0.98 ERA along with a 2-1 record over his past four starts and had a string of 25 consecutive scoreless innings end in Thursday's matchup with San Diego.

Billingsley not only lost his streak against the Padres, but the game as well after giving up three runs in six innings of a 5-0 loss. The Dodgers have had trouble scoring for the right-hander as of late, managing a total of just five runs over his last four starts.

The 26-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four regular-season starts versus Philadelphia, but was shelled in playoff appearances at Citizens Bank Park in each of the past two years. Billingsley lasted only 3 1/3 innings in a relief role during the Dodgers' 11-0 loss to the Phillies in Game 3 of last October's NL Championship Series.

Philadelphia took all three matchups at home in defeating Los Angeles in five games during last year's NLCS, but the Dodgers have won in three of their last four visits to Citizens Bank Park in the regular season.

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