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The Phils even their series with the redbirds on Ryan Howard’s solo shot, as they defeat the Cards 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils’ pitching blank the Cards as Ryan Howard hits a solo home run for the game’s only run, as the Phils beats the Cardinals, 1-0.

The Phils and the Cards are involved in a pitchers’ duel for the first five innings, as Phils’ starter Aaron Nola gives up just two hits, a lead-off double to Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the first and a two-out infield single to Yadier Molina in the bottom of the fourth, as well as a two-out walk to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the second, while Cards’ starter Michael Wacha gave up four hits, a two-out double to Maikel Franco in the top of the first, a two-out double to Nola in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Odubel Herrera in the top of the third, and a lead-off double to Cesar Hernandez in the top of the fifth, along with a two-out walk to Ryan Howard in the top of the first, and a two-out walk to Herrera in the top of the fifth. The Phils would finally break up the tie in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run to right center field, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Matt Adams to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (2-2, 2.93) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Hector Neris received his sixth hold of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his ninth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.65) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the game, a single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Maikel Franco, a home run (RBI) by Ryan Howard, a double by Cesar Hernandez and a double by Aaron Nola. The Phils also had three walks (Herrera, Howard, Cameron Rupp) in the game, while Herrera was caught stealing.

The Phils (16-11, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Cardinals (13-14, 3rd NL Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Adam Morgan (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on April 29, where he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3, extra-innings, walk-off win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to pitched the Phils to their second straight win. The Cardinals will counter with Mike Leake (0-3, 5.83), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on April 29, where he went seven innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Cards’ 5-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to lead the Cards to the series’ lead.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first career complete game shutout as the Phils defeat the Cards, 4-0.

Throwing only 94 pitches, Kyle Kendrick throws his first career complete game shutout, as the Phils take the four-game series from the Cards, defeating the world champs, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane  Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, and walks by Pence and Victorino, with Polanco and Pence both moving up a base, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Polanco and Pence, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Victorino up to third base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Galvis hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Victorino. That would end up being all the runs that the Phils would need as Kyle Kendrick would pitch a complete game shutout, the first of his career, as he would give up only seven hits, all but one of them being a singles, ending the game by striking out David Freese, looking, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 4.10) got the win as he threw a complete game strikeout, giving up seven scattered hits, while striking out four. Jaime Garcia (3-3, 3.78) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Eduardo Sanchez and Chuckie Fick combined for three shutout innings, giving up a hit (Fick) and a walk (Sanchez) between them, while striking out two (Sanchez).

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Single, Double), both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double), Shane Victorino (Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. Freddy Galvis had the other Phil RBI via a ground out. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (25-23, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Cards (25-22, 2nd Central) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III) and will start at 2:15 pm EDT (1:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on May 22, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be out to get back on the winning track, while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the world champs. The Cards will counter with Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78), who is coming off a complete game shutout over the Padres on May 22, as he gave up just four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He will be trying to stop the Cards’ present losing streak. The Phils will be out to sweep the Cards, and put themselves three full games over .500.

The Phils win in extra-innings on Hunter Pence’s two-run home run as they defeat the Cards, 4-3.

The Phils increased their winning streak to three games thanks to Hunter Pence’s two-run shot in the top of the tenth inning as they defeat the Cards, 4-3.   

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Galvis, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then added to their lead as Galvis scores on first baseman Matt Adams’ fielding error of Juan Pierre’s grounder, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base as Pierre was safe at first. The Cards got a run back in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Shane Robinson hits an RBI double, knocking in Adams, who had just doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Cards then tied the game up at two-all in the third as Rafael Furcal hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, after the play was first reviewed by the umpires and upheld. The Cards then took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in David Freese, who had started the inning off with a triple, on a ball that Shane Victorino had lost sight of in the twilight sky, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pierre hits an RBI double, scoring Cliff Lee, who had started the inning off with a single. The Cards tried to retake the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Molina, who had just singled, tried to score on Adams’ double to center field, but is thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Victorino to Galvis, who then threw the ball to Ruiz, who then applied the tag for an 8-6-2 third out of the inning. The Phils would take the lead in the tenth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 tenth inning.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Jose Contreras and Jake Diekman combined for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Contreras). Raul Valdes (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Kyle Lohse also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits. Mitchell Boggs received his second blown save of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Jason Motte (3-2, 2.70) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Single, Double, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Placido Polanco (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Singel) had the other five Phils’ hits. The final Phil run scored on an error. The Phils also had a walk in the ballgame.

The Phils (24-23, 5th East) will continue their visit with the Cardinals (25-21, 2nd Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III) and is to start at 7:15 pm EDT (6:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on May 21, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be going for his first winning start, while trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak. The Cards will counter with Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.55), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on May 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Cards’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their winning streak to four straight, while trying to win the four-game series.

The Phils hang on to win a high scoring game with the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils hold on to defeat the World Champs in a high scoring game, as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, a walk by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Pence up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Polanco from third, while wiping out Ruiz at second base for the Phils’ second out of the inning, as he beat out the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. walks to reload the bases, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Wigginton, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Pence, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled. The Cards would then start to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Holliday hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jake Westbrook, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Skip Schumaker’s double, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Schumaker, before he would move up to second base on Ruiz’s missed catch error on Victorino’s throw to the plate. David Freese then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI double, scoring Beltran. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in Freese, before he would go on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who was safe at first on a 6-4 force out, as Mayberry, who had been safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Freese, was wiped out at second base, and then moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cards would get the run back in their half of the fifth as Holliday smashed a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, Molina tied the game up at seven-all as he crushed a two-run bomb to center field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Freese, as he was safe at first on a 6-5 force out, as Beltran, who had earlier doubled, is thrown out trying to go to third on Freese’s ground ball to short. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-7 lead as pinch hitter Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, knocking in Wigginton, while sending Galvis up to second base. The Cards would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Freese hits a solo shot into left center field, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the eighth as, with one man out,Wigginton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Cards would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteen save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Hill to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs for his second straight start, this time on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Raul Valdes got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out one. Chad Qualls collected his ninth hold of the season, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Jake Diekman recorded his first career hold as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Westbrook also got a no-decision as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Brandon Dickman pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on two hits, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Victor Marte pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs pitched one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had a season high eighteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles), Ty Wigginton (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits a piece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Pinch hitters Mike Fontenot (Single, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense was last night able to scored runs, although the pitchers almost let the game get away.

The Phils (23-23, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Cards (25-20, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT) and will be played at Busch Stadium (III). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) who is coming off a lost to the Red Sox on May 20, as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be out to win his first start of the season. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 20, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to put the Cards back into first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be out to give Lee his first victory of the season.

Cole Hamels threw eight shutout innings as he help to end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-1.

Cole Hamels becomes the major leagues’ first seven-game winner as he threw eight shutout innings at the Nats as he help end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Galvis, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Nats tried to get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa, who had just doubled, tried to score on Bryce Harper’s single to right, but is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out on a strong throw by right fielder Pence, as he is tagged out by Ruiz. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would score on Juan Pierre’s excellently executed suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Nats would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would end the ballgame by getting Xavier Nady to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) got the win, becoming the majors’ first seven-game winner, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Edwin Jackson took the lost (1-2, 3.38), as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he lifted his batting average to .357. He was followed by Shane Victorino (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other Phil hit. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI, performing a successful suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (22-23, 5th East) will now go on the road to start a four-game series with the 2011 World Champions Cardinals (25-19, 1st Central), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III), and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox on May 19, as he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that awful start. The World Champs will counter with Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.21), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on May 19, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cardinals’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their present road trip with a victory, while hoping that Blanton will recover from his bad start.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #3: The Phils retake the series lead thanks to Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, as they hang on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The Phils retake the lead in the divisional series as they ride Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, before hanging on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The first six innings of the game featured a pitchers’ duel between Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia, who kept the Phils off-balance, while giving up only four hits and a walk, while striking out three, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would pitch himself out of trouble in the first, fourth and sixth innings, as he gave up just five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. The Phils then put pressure on Garcia in the seventh as Shane Victorino got on base with a single, before going to second base on a Yadier Molina passed ball, before Garcia got the next two batters out with a fly out to right (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a ground out (Placido Polanco), 5-3. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, the Phils sent Ben Francisco to pinch hit for Hamels. After getting a ball, Francisco drills one into the Phils’ bullpen in left, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead on his pinch hit home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in both Victorino and Ruiz. The Cards then started a comeback in their half of the seventh. After Vance Worley started the inning off by getting Rafael Furcal to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, he walks Allen Craig, before giving up a single to Albert Pujols, which would send Craig up to second base. Lance Berkman then followed by hitting into a force out, 4-6, that would wipe out Pujols at second base for the inning’s second out, while Craig would reach third base, while Berkman would be safe at first, putting runners on the corners. The Cards then got on the board as David Freese hits an RBI single to center, knocking in Craig, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Berkman up to second base. Worley would finally end the inning by getting Molina to fly out to right. After the Phils are kept from scoring in the top of the eighth, the Cards attempted a rally in their half of the eighth as Ryan Theriot started the inning off with a single. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Worley with Antonio Bastardo, who then proceeded to get pinch hitter Nick Punto to fly out to center for the inning’s first out. Manuel then came back out and replaced Bastardo with Brad Lidge. That move seems to backfire as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Matt Holliday, moving Theriot up to second base, before he is replaced at first by pinch runner Adron Chambers. The next batter, Furcal, then loaded up the bases with a single to left, sending Theriot on to third base, while Chambers would stop at second base. Manuel then came back out, and took out Lidge, replacing him with his closer Ryan Madson. That move was rewarded with Craig hitting into a 4-3 doubleplay, as Furcal is wiped out at second base, to end the threat. After the Phils are unable to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Madson went back out to attempt a five-out save. He is greeted with a lead-off double by Pujols, which was his fourth hit of the ballgame, and his third double of the game. After Madson gets Berkman to fly out to center for the inning’s first out, he gets Freese to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, as Pujols moved up to third. Now, with a man on third, Madson tried to get out Molina to end the game. Molina, instead, hits the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Molina is replaced by pinch runner Kyle Lohse, Madson went after Theriot, who had already been on base with four hits, all singles. But, he wasn’t able to get hit no. five as Madson got him to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, collecting his first save of the series.

Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Vance Worley received his first hold of the series as he pitched an inning plus a batter, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, as he recorded a very rare five-out save. Jaime Garcia (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte combined for two scoreless innings, as they gave up a hit (Motte), while striking out a batter (Motte), between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, his first hit of the series), Carlos Ruiz (single, his first hit of the series) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Home Run, his first hit of the series, 3 RBIs), had the other five Phils’ hits, with Francisco becoming the surprising hero of the game with his pinch hit shot to left.

The Phils, now with a 2-1 game lead in the divisional series, will continue the series with the Cards (2-1) in St. Louis. The game will be played in Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 6:07 pm EDT (5:07 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69), who will be trying to pitch the Phils into the NL Championship Series for the fourth straight year. The Cards will attempt to counter with Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79), who will be trying to force a fifth game back in Philly. The Phils will be trying to clinch their fourth straight appearance in the NL Championship Series, hoping that Oswalt will be at his best while the offense will do what it can to give him much needed run support, while watching out for the Cards putting out all the stops to force a game five.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #2: The Phils early lead is squandered as they drop one to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at one game each.

An early four-run lead is squandered by Cliff Lee, before the Phils lose to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at 1-1 as the two teams head for St. Louis.

The Phils jumped to an early lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Jimmy Rollins, then walks to Chase Utley and Hunter Pence, sending Rollins to third, and Utley up to second base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single up the middle, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Pence over to third. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men on, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, his second double and his second hit of the ballgame, then stole third as Utley walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had walked for the second time in the game, would stop at second base. Normally, this would be enough for Cliff Lee, especially after pitching out of jams in the first two innings, but it was not to be in this game, as things came unglued in the fourth inning. The Cards got on the scoreboard as, with two men on, via a walk to Lance Berkman, whom Lee had buried in the count 0-2 before walking him, and a single by Yadier Molina, sending Berkman up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI double, scoring Berkman, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Molina on to third base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Molina, while sending Theriot on to third base, before going on to second base on the late throw to home plate. Two batters later, after Lee strikes out, swinging, pinch hitter Nick Punto, the Cards made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Rafael Furcal hits an RBI single, knocking in Theriot, before left fielder Raul Ibanez throws out Jay at home plate, as catcher Carlos Ruiz hangs onto his one-bounce throw, inspite of Jay trying to bowl him over to make him drop the ball, for the moment keeping it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Cards then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Jay hits an RBI single, his second hit of the ballgame, knocking in Theriot, who had just doubled, his second hit and double of the game. The Cards then took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, scoring Allen Craig, who had just tripled, on a ball that Shane Victorino did not go after properly, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, for a four-out save.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Ryan Madson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Madson) and a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)) between them. Chris Carpenter received a no-decision as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Ferndando Salas pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Octavio Dotel (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out two. Marc Rzepeczynski, Mitchell Boggs and Arthur Rhodes all collected their first hold of the series as they combined for one and one-thirds scoreless innings, with Rzepczynski facing one more batter, as they gave together up a hit (Rzepeczynski), while striking  out one (Rhodes) between them. Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and a one-third, striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, just missing a home run on both of his doubles as they both hit the top of the fence. Hunter Pence (RBI), Ryan Howard (RBI) and Raul Ibanez (RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense was held to only one hit (Rollins’ single), after scoring their fourth run in the second inning.

The Phils (1-1) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (1-1), as the series move to St. Louis. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 5 pm EDT (4 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79), who will be trying to put the Phils back into the lead in the series. The Cards will counter with Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.56), who will be trying to continue his mastery of the Phils, while hoping that he can continue doing well at home. The Phils will be out to get back into the lead, while trying to finally knock Garcia out of the box. Come onuys, you’d gottten to both Lohse  and Carpenter, you can get to Garcia. Just show some more patient at the plate.

GO PHILS!!!