Adron Chambers hit a RBI single (his first Major League hit) in the 11th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-2 win over the Phillies tonight. The win moved the Cardinals to within 3.5 games of the NL Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves. The Phillies will have to wait another day as their magic number to clinch the National League East is 1. Kyle McClellan picked up his 12th win of the season while Michael Schwimer took the loss. Albert Pujols went 4-4 with two walks, so yeah he’s still a machine. Rafael Furcal, Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina each had two hits for the Cardinals as they combined for 14 hits as a team. Placido Polanco had two hits as did John Mayberry who included a home run. The Phillies 1-5 hitters combined to go 0-21 in the game. Roy Oswalt takes on Jake Westbrook tomorrow. The Braves play the Mets at 4:10 so the Phillies could possibly clinch the division without even playing. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs lost in their championship tonight so the Phillies called up Dom Brown, Justin De Fratus, Brandon Moss, Erik Kratz and Joe Savery.
Vance Worley, the Phillies’ starter walked in a run in the second inning which gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Placido Polanco doubled and came around to score when the next batter, John Mayberry doubled to tied the game at 1. In the same inning, Jimmy Rollins had a chance to tack on more runs when he batted with the bases loaded and two out, but popped up to short to end the inning. Cardinals’ starter Jamie Garcia stymied the Phillies’ offense, not allowing another hit until Mayberry led off the seventh inning with a single. The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but David Freese grounded into a double play. The Cardinals lead the Majors with 160 GIDPs. Antonio Bastardo started the 8th inning for the Phillies and continued to struggle. Yadier Molina hit a one out homer off the foul pole. Bastardo’s three outs in the inning were of the loud fly ball variety. Not good. Things looked ho hum for Cardinals’ closer Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning. After recording the first two outs easily, pinch-hitter Ryan Howard doubled to right. Carlos Ruiz, down to his final strike, hit a slicing line drive that was dropped by Cardinals’ right fielder Corey Patterson that scored the pinch-runner Michael Martinez. Furcal led off the 11th inning with a double off of Michael Schwimer. After being sacrificed to third, Albert Pujols was intentionally walked for the second time. Chambers followed with a single to right that scored Furcal. Tyler Green added an insurance run on a RBI double. The Phillies brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the inning, but John Bowker lined out to second to end the game.
John Bowker stinks
Bastardo has about two weeks to get his act together
Curious to see how Dom Brown is used in the last 15 or so games.
Remember when Albert Pujols got off to a terrible start? yeah, he’s rebounded nicely.
It pains me to watch Ryan Howard run.
Brandon Moss had a wonderful year at LHV, too bad he’s ineligible for the playoff roster, but John Bowker is.
Joe Savery, former First Round pick will make his debut with the team soon. It’s been a up and down road for Savery as a pitcher, hitter and back to pitcher again.
Offense has only scored 11 runs in their last six games.