Philadelphia (15-7) at Arizona (9-12)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Tue Apr 26, 2011
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Roy Oswalt(notes) is the only starter in the Philadelphia Phillies’ star-studded rotation who has yet to lose.

Given his history against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the struggles of his counterpart on the mound Tuesday, he appears unlikely to lose yet.

Oswalt will face winless Daniel Hudson(notes) when the Phillies and Diamondbacks continue their three-game set at Chase Field.

Arizona (9-12) won Monday’s series opener 4-0, handing Cliff Lee(notes) his second defeat. Roy Halladay(notes), Cole Hamels(notes) and Joe Blanton(notes) have one loss apiece.

Oswalt (3-0, 1.88 ERA) has pitched six innings in each of his four starts. He was efficient with 90 pitches or fewer in the first three before he labored to throw 106 on Thursday, allowing one hit over six innings of a 3-0 victory at San Diego.

“They made him earn everything he got,” manager Charlie Manuel told the Phillies’ official website. “They ran his pitch count up.”

Oswalt’s 1.91 ERA in 12 starts against the Diamondbacks is his lowest against any NL team. He’s 9-2 in those games, although he’s 2-1 with a more pedestrian 4.15 ERA in four outings at Chase Field.

Chris Young has enjoyed the most success against Oswalt among Diamondbacks hitters, going 6 for 15. Young also came through against Lee with a two-run homer in the third inning Monday to break out of a 1-for-22 slump and help Arizona end a four-game slide.

The Diamondbacks entered the series with the worst ERA in baseball at 5.16, but Ian Kennedy(notes) pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game.

Philadelphia (15-7) had a season-high five-game win streak snapped. The Phillies’ 39 runs since April 10 are the fewest in baseball. Raul Ibanez(notes) is 0 for 18 in his last six games, Shane Victorino(notes) is 2 for 19 on the current road trip and slugger Ryan Howard(notes) is homerless in his last 12 contests.

“We’ve just got to keep going to work on it,” Manuel said. “Either we’re going to do it or we’re not. We’re going to keep working. We’ve got to fight every day.”

The Phillies have gone seven straight games without scoring in the first inning, but that could change against Hudson (0-4, 5.92). He has given up nine runs in the opening frame over his last three outings, including four in Thursday’s 7-4 loss at Cincinnati.

“I can’t keep putting my team in a deficit and expect them to fight their way out of it,” said Hudson, who surrendered seven runs over 5 1-3 innings. “I’ve got to fight through this. I’m extremely frustrated. That’s three straight games - four straight, really - where I’ve struggled in the first inning. That’s unacceptable.”

The right-hander has never faced the Phillies. Placido Polanco(notes), the only Philadelphia hitter to ever face him, is hitless in three at-bats.

Polanco, though, continues to be the most consistent threat for the Phillies, raising his team-best average to .372 with two hits Monday.

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Starting Pitchers

R. Oswalt Col vs. D. Hudson Ari
9-10 Record 16-12
3.69 ERA 3.49
93 K 169
33 BB 50
1.34 WHIP 1.20


Tuesday, Apr 26