Rainouts make for tough stretch, but Phils adjust

Rainouts make for tough stretch, but Phils adjust

CINCINNATI -- Roy Oswalt has been in the big leagues since 2001. He never remembers being in the same city on a road trip for six days.

Oswalt and the Phillies begin a stretch of 33 games in 31 days Monday starting with the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday following the postponement of their scheduled doubleheader against Florida because of Hurricane Irene and play the Reds for the next four days.

"I really haven't done much of nothing," said Oswalt. "I just stayed in the hotel and watched a lot of movies. I think it's the first time in 11 years that I'll have been in the same city on the road for six days."

The Phillies haven't played since Friday when they lost, 6-5, to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Oswalt started and took the loss in that game. He's not scheduled to start against the Reds.

"It messes with you a little bit," said Oswalt. "You have a set routine where you try to stay on the same thing every day, and when you get extra days in there, you don't know how much extra you have to throw on the side or when you need to throw."

The two off-days will also be a challenge for hitters.

"It's been a slow couple of days because there's been no baseball," said Hunter Pence. "You just deal with it. The last two weeks have been a lot of rain. We've had two rainouts in a row two times, and that never happens. You just have to adjust."