Victorino scores as Polanco was hit by a pitch to ignite the rally
I am just watching a replay of the pitch that was thrown to Placido Polanco and it doesn’t look at all like that pitch was intended for the catcher’s glove. When Polanco was at the plate, that ball was thrown directly at Placido. Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, is not a new pitcher, he’s been in the league since 2008 and has very good command with a 2.70 ERA. How then did he manage to hit two of the Phillies best players? I did some research on how many batters Jason Motte has hit in his career and I think you’ll be surprised. This season Motte has hit two batters prior to this game, before that in his whole career, Motte has only hit 2 other batters since 2008. Incidently, Motte’s last time this year he hit someone was also when the bases were loaded on June 7, 2011 against Houston and that resulted in a Houston run, but Motte was allowed to finish out the inning in that game as he got the next two batters out.
The final score in Game 1 of this series with the Cards was not as it appeared for most of the game, but the Phils ended this one 10-2 with a win behind the 9 run 8th inning that broke this game open.
Roy Halladay was taken out of this game before the Phillies got to the Cardinals bullpen so he didn’t get his 10th win last night. I am not too sure why Manuel did this, but in past games Halladay has been allowed to go the distance. The move by Charlie actually cost Halladay a win, and becoming the first pitcher with 10 wins on the season in the MLB. There is a ton of pitchers in the league with 9 wins now, Halladay and Hamels are up there among them. Hamels and Halladay will get their next chance for 10 wins against Oakland at home this weekend.
Game 2 of the series continues with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight with Cliff Lee on the mound for the Phillies. Lee is looking to build on his 7-5 record tonight He’ll face a familiar pitcher, formally on the Phils, Kyle Lohse. Lohse looked promising when he was on the Phillies but for some reason he was never offered a long term contract with the team. Lohse had 3 wins for the Phillies in 2007 and then signed with St. Louis and went on to a 15-6 year in 2008. After an off year of 4-8 in 2010 and a 6-10 year in 2009, Lohse is again on a good streak with a 7-3 record so far this season with a 2.88 ERA.