After Monday night’s brutal loss, the Cardinals and Phillies were back in action from Citizen’s Bank Park for the second game of a two game series. Luke Weaver took on Vince Valesquez. Here was the rest of the line up:
Here’s how the game went down:
- Phillies get two on, no out earlier in the first and they bunt with Herrera at the plate. A strange move for your third place hitter so early in the game (but Gabe Kapler is the manager) but it pays off. Phillies are able to score one run on a fielder’s choice to take an early lead thanks to Herrera’s sacrifice.
- Weaver walks two, strikes out one on 30 pitches in the first inning.
- TOMMY PHAM ties the game with his 12th home run of the season while extending his league leading 13-game hit streak. After being in what seemed like a month long slump, Pham has homers in back-to-back games and is showing signs of a resurgence.
- Herrera homers in his third straight game retaking the lead for the Phillies in the third.
- Weaver struggles in the fourth loading up the bases and eventually walks a man in, extending the Phillies lead to 3-1 in through four innings.
- KOLTEN WONG hits one a mile high and it drifts out and over the right field wall for another Cardinals solo home run. Cardinals cut the Phil’s lead to one.
- The fourth home run of the game goes to Carlos Santana as Weaver leaves a hanger over the plate and Santana makes him pay. Phillies extend their lead to 4-2.
- Yairo Munoz has a fielding error in the fourth and that extends the Cardinals’ streak of games with an error to five in a row.
- John Brebbia takes over for Luke Weaver in the sixth. Weaver goes five innings, gives up four runs on six hits, walks four, strikes out four and serves up two home runs on 99 pitches (61 strikes).
- Kolten Wong is hit by a pitch for his team leading 9th time this season in the top of the seventh. Carpenter stays hot and hits a beaut of a double to the alley in right center and knocks in two runs. Then, Pham gets single up the middle and Jose Martinez hits a double to deep left center. What’s this? The Cardinals are hitting DOUBLES? The Cardinals score four runs in the inning, all with two outs and all of them not off the long ball. I could get used to the seventh-inning-in-Philly-on-June-19 Cardinals.
- Greg Holland takes over for Brebbia in the bottom of the seventh. Holland looks like, well Greg Holland. Except not Cardinals Greg Holland but Royals Greg Holland. He retires three Phillies in order and strikes out two in his return to the big leagues.
- Austin Gomber comes and allows two base runners before handing the ball over to Jordan Hicks with two on two out. Hicks gives up a double to Rhys Hoskins and he ties the game. Gomber is charged with both runs. The flamethrower is able to retire Herrera but the bullpen blows the lead, again.
- The Phillies best relief pitcher, Seranthony Dominguez, came into the game in the top of the ninth and struck out the first two batters he faced. Then, he got Carpenter down 0-2 when Carpenter pulled a towering shot down the line and it just stays fair. Matt Capenter hits the Cardinals third (solo) home run of the game and they take the lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
- Jordan Hicks returns for the bottom of the ninth with a chance to win it. He stays calm, cool and collected and strikes out the final two batters he faces. Hicks gets his second career save and the Cardinals win 7-6.
MATT CARPENTER 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 HR and 1 2B
As bad as last night’s heartbreaking game was, tonight’s was the exact opposite of that. The Cardinals were down twice in this game, tied in the ninth and were still able to pull out a victory despite less than stellar defense, a poor start from Weaver and 0-for performances from Ozuna and Molina.
The sky seemed like it was falling after last night’s game but as the saying goes, it’s always sunny in Philadelphia. The Cardinals go for their second series win in June tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 p.m. CST featuring Michael Wacha and Jake Arrieta.