A series victory over the Brewers and a doubleheader split with the Marlins have the Phillies sitting just a half-game out in the division race. Meanwhile, the Giants have drawn closer in the Wild Card race after winning three straight. They trail the Phillies by 1.5 games.
The Phillies' offense handed Roy Oswalt an embarrassment of riches in last night's nightcap: a five-run second inning that fueled a 7-4 victory over the Fish. Call it an apology to fans who suffered through the earlier game: a dismal 7-1 defeat in which the offense looked dead on their feet against a career minor leaguer. Last night, the Phils use a more patient approach to bang out 10 hits and plated all their runs without the longball, sparing Oswalt from a so-so start that would have ended in a loss if he were still pitching for Houston. But even as the Phils solidify their postseason stake, there is continued fear of a one-and-done due to spottiness of the offense. (AP Photo)
Mayberry recalled: Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has joined the club for another tour on the September bench, Comcast SportsNet reports. Mayberry, 26, hit .267/.328/.412 with 15 homers, 111 strikeouts and 20 stolen bases in 495 at bats with the IronPigs.