Roy Oswalt made a brief, and not so great relief appearance in the 9th inning of game 4. He threw only 18 pitches in the game and took the loss, but it was on a day where had been scheduled to throw anyway. Oswalt told the Inquirer that the pitches he threw were “probably the same thing” as a bullpen session. He said you can’t pass up to be a part of any postseason game.
“I didn’t want to get the loss for sure, but you never know when you’re going to get back here,” Oswalt said at Citizens Bank Park. “So that’s one of the reasons I want to be in the game the other night. I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play. But may not get to this spot again. So I’m going to try to do everything possible to get to that final game.”
Charlie Manuel was asked if he was concerned about Oswalt going into game 6 after appearing in game 4?
“I think he’s got a rubber arm, he’s kind of different in his style and he’s got a loose arm. That’s why he gets his rise on his fastball … I don’t think it’s going to hurt him at all. I think when he tells you he’s ready, I think he’s ready. He’s also one of those guys that if he’s got — if he’s got some kind of problem or something, he’s hurt or something like that, I think he’ll be the first — he’ll tell you.”