Oswalt unable to finish what he didn't start
Phillies right-hander enters Game 4 in relief, suffers loss
SAN FRANCISCO -- After Jayson Werth's eighth-inning double tied Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, Roy Oswalt rushed back to the Phillies' clubhouse to put on his spikes. This was a win-at-all-costs situation, Philadelphia's bullpen was nearing depletion and Oswalt, just hours removed from a 20-minute, between-starts bullpen session, decided to volunteer for duty."He said he wanted to be in there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. Oswalt did get in there for the bottom of the ninth inning with the game knotted, 5-5, but he didn't get out. The Phillies' scheduled Game 6 starter -- if the series gets that far -- surrendered two singles and a sacrifice fly, and walked off with his head down while the Giants celebrated a 6-5 win and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Now Oswalt can only hope that the Phillies can beat Tim Lincecum in Game 5 on Thursday to stay alive. It's up to Philadelphia's other Roy -- Halladay -- to make it happen. "At this time of year, you just have to pitch," Oswalt said. "It doesn't really matter what the situation is. I thought I had decent stuff." The Giants' bats said otherwise. Tied, 5-5, since Jayson Werth's double in the top of the eighth inning, all four hitters Oswalt faced made solid contact. Freddy Sanchez lined out to Werth in right field. Aubrey Huff singled to right on the one pitch Oswalt wanted back -- a first-pitch changeup on the inner half of the plate. Giants rookie Buster Posey followed with a terrific at-bat that ended in a single toward the right-field corner that might have scored Huff had Werth not made a slick sliding stop.