Brett Myers pitches his second straight strong outing, while the Phillies rally late to score four runs in the eight to take the lead, then they would hang on to win, as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 5-4. With the win, they would increase their lead in the East to two and a half games as the Marlins lose to the Rockies. The Cardinals would score the first run in the second, as Troy Glaus would hit a RBI single, scoring Ryan Ludwick, who has doubled earlier, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals would increase their lead to 2-0 when Ludwick would hit a solo home run in the fourth, his twenty-seventh home run of the year. The Phillies would cut the Cardinals’ lead to 2-1 in the sixth, as Chase Utley would hit a solo home run of his own, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phillies would finally light up the Cardinals’ bullpen in the top of the eighth. With one out, and Kyle McClellan pitching, Jayson Werth would get on base with a single. McClellan would be replaced by Jaime Garcia. He would get Utley to hit into a force out, first to the shortstop, wiping out Werth at second for the second out. Ryan Howard would follow him with a single, sending Utley to second. Garcia is then replaced by Russ Springer. The Phillies would then go to work. Pat Burrell would greet Spriger with a single, scoring Utley and sending Ryan to second to make it 3-2 Cardinals. Shane Victornio would then take Garcia deep with a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Greg Dobbs would then ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals then try to rally back in their half of the eighth. With one out, Brendan Ryan, who has gotten on base earlier with a pinch hit single, moved to second on a J.C. Romero’s balk, and then went to third on a ground out, would score on a Howard’s fielding error of pinch hitter Nick Stavinoha’s grounder, making it a 5-3 Phillies’ lead. After Romero hits Joe Mather with a pitch to put runners on first and second, he is replaced by Ryan Madson. Madson would then proceed to walk Albert Pujols to load the bases. With Ludwick now batting, Madson would get him to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning, the third one that the Phillies would get in as many innings. In the ninth, the Phillies would give the ball to Brad Lidge to get the save. The first batter he would face, Glaus, would greet him with a solo shot to left for his nineteenth home run of the year, to cut the lead down to 5-4. After getting Yadier Molina to fly out, the next three Cardinals would get on base with a single (Aaron Miles), a pinch hit single (Rick Ankiel) and a hit batter (Cesar Izturis) to load the bases, with Joel Pineiro pinch running for Ankiel. But Lidge would then buckle down and strike out Stavinoha and Mather to end the game as he records his twenty-eighth save.
Brett Myers would get a no-decision as he pitches his second straight quality start as he goes six innings, giving up only two earned runs on four hits. Chad Durbin would get the win as he pitch an inning plus a batter, as he gives up an earned run on two hits. His record is now 4-2 with a ERA of 1.77. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hit and a hit batter. Ryan Madson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and a walk. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-eighth save in as many tries, as he gives up an earned run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out two. Todd Wellemeyer would also get a no-decision, as he goes six innings plus a batter, giving up an earned run on four hits. Ron Villone would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Kyle McClellan would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit. Jaime Garcia would receive the lost, as he goes a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit. His record is now 0-1 with a ERA of 4.00. Russ Springer would commit his second blown save, as he goes a third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Ryan Franklin would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hit.
The Phillies’ offense is once again unable to unload on a Cardinals’ starter as Todd Wellemeyer would only give them four hits, although one would be a home run. But they would finally light up on the Cardinals’ weak bullpen, scoring four of their runs in an one inning outburst. In turn, their own bullpen would bend, but refused to break, when the Cardinals tried to regain the lead in the eight and win it in the ninth. It seems to me that it is now more important than ever that they get some help in the bullpen as long as Tom Gordon (who has just perform a minor league rehab stint) and Rudy Seanez (just placed on the DL) are both out. Yo, idiots, unloosen the purse strings, and get some help for the bullpen.
With tomorrow off, the Phillies (61-50) come back home to Philly with a two and a half games lead in the East as the Marlins lose to the Rockies. The Mets now trail by three games as they lost to the Astros. The Braves still trail by ten games as they defeated the Brewers. The Phillies, after coming home from a 5-1 road trip, will try to deliver an early one-two punch to the Marlins as the fish come in to Philadelphia for a three games series starting on Tuesday night.