Old King Cole seems to have finally resurfaced as he pitches eight shut out innings before finally getting into trouble in the ninth, before the Phils finally win the game in the bottom of the tenth on a lead-off, walk-off home run by Carlos Ruiz on a 2-1 fastball as the Phils defeat the Cardinals in extra-innings, 2-1.
The first eight innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright, with both pitchers constantly getting out of trouble, especially Hamels in the fifth, as the Cardinals loaded up the bases via a single by Joe Mather, who is later forced out at second on a Brendan Ryan grounder, 6-4, with Ryan safe at first, a single by Tyler Greene, sending Ryan on to third, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving Green up to second base, and with two men out, who ended the inning by getting Albert Pujols to pop up to the second baseman on the first pitch. The Phils finally took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals then tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI double, scoring David Freese, who had earlier doubled. In the bottom of the tenth, after hitting the first pitch foul deep to left, Ruiz hit a 2-1 fastball into left field for a walk-off home run, his first home run of the season, to give the Phils a 2-1 win.
Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches eight innings, plus two batters, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Brad Lidge pitches a shut out inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras receives the win, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 1.17. Adam Wainwright also receives a no-decision as he pitches eight inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Dennys Reyes pitches to one batter, walking him. Blake Hawksworth pitches an inning and one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a walk-off home run, striking out a batter.
The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in both of the Phils’ runs, with the other run coming in on a sac fly. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez had the other three Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Werth’s hits being singles and Ibanez’s hit being a triple.
The Phils (15-11, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (18-9, 1st Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.61), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 30, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-1 lost. Kendrick hopes to get a win while the Phils hope that Kendrick can finally get on track. The Cards will counter with Brad Penny (3-1, 1.56), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on April 30, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 lost. Penny will be trying to get back on the winning track against the Phils’ offense. The Phils hope to be able to take the series lead before giving the ball on Thursday to their ace.