Roy Oswalt won at Busch and held Albert Pujols, his nemesis, who had a .343 BA and a .410 OBP against him, hitless and walkless. Roy was absolutely AWESOME!!! Threw 102 pitches over 7 innings, 78 for strikes, scattered 8 hits – only gave up 1 run on back to back doubles to Larry Walker and Reggie Sanders – walked NONE and K’d 7. He was ROY tonight, yes he was!!! He almost back to his old fluid motion, just a bit quicker – got mostly GB outs and looked GOOD.
Matt Morris almost matched him for 5 innings – gave up 1 BB and 5 hits, but one of those hits was a 2 run HR by Jason Lane and there went his ball game cuz he wasn’t beating ROY tonight, nope.
Jason Marquis pitched 2 innings in relief, giving up a solo HR to Biggio.
And Willy Taveras got his FIRST walk this month !!!! He up to 24 for the year!!!! I was SO impressed – with 2 out and 2 on, he DIDN”T MAKE AN OUT!!! FOR ONCE!!!! Unfortunately, Biggio did – and he had a GIDP earlier, too.
Brad Lidge had a 2 inning save – only 19 pitches, though.
So Roy wins #19 (and I hope he can get that magic #20 next week against the Cubs) and now we lead Philly, who lost to the Mets, by 2 1/2 games.
We gotta get on a roll and mean it.
Tomorrow Brandon Backe goes up against Chris Carpenter, Mr. Ace Person – Mr Beat out Dontrelle (who looked B A D tonight) for the CY.
Brandon needs to pitch like he did last year when he almost no-hit the Cards in the playoffs…