The Cardinals looked like they were going to be down in this series early in the game last night in Philly. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park was loud and rowdy as the game started. They liked what they saw from the Phillies early on in the game as the Phils scored 3 times in the first inning with some hits that were flying off the right field fences.
Phils jumped on Carpenter early, then couldn’t get much offense
Early on, Cliff Lee looked sharp too, after the 3 runs the Phils scored in the early part of the game, it looked as he would cruise to an easy victory as well. Lee held the Cards scoreless until the 4th inning, and then the Cards stormed back to a Phillies lead of 4-3. A pivotal moment during the game in the 4th was when a Cliff Lee pitch that was clearly a strike, was called a ball. Cliff Lee wasn’t the same pitcher after that. Jerry Meals, who was the home plate umpire, had a number of dubious pitch calls both for the Phillies and the Cards.
The Cardinals stormed back to take a 5-4 lead in the game and never looked back. The Phillies dropped the second game at home and essentially lost the home field advantage that came with it.
Press hounds Rollins about Phillies legacy
The baseball press hounded Jimmy Rollins yesterday, they asked him to describe his legacy as a Phillies player, and whether or not he would be back next year. He didn’t need to deal with such philosophical questions during this series. He handled the questions well though, and could have just told them ‘no comment’ on that.
Series shifts to St. Louis and Busch Stadium on Tuesday
The series now shifts to St. Louis on Tuesday night at 5:00 PM EST. It’ll be game 3 of the series from Busch Stadium. Two other Division Championship series are tied up at 1-1 along with the Phillies/Cards series. The Yankees/Tigers, Rays'/Rangers, and Phillies series are all knotted up at 1-1.
Cliff Lee accepted responsibility for the loss last night saying, "I take full responsibility. Anytime you give a starting pitcher a four-run lead in the first two innings, he's in a pretty good spot."
Lee didn’t do that bad though striking out 9 on the night, it was a few well placed hits for the Cardinals and they came through when they needed to. This wasn’t the Cliff Lee we’ve grown accustomed to see in the playoffs, and I hope he gets another chance to prove that in the NLCS, if the Phillies advance.
It was nice of Lee to accept the blame for the loss, but the Phillies offense didn’t capitalize much after the first inning. It was like they scored a few runs very early and then went cold with the bats, so it’s more of a team game when they lose too. We’ll see how the offense looks on Tuesday night when the series continues. Cole Hamels gets the ball for the Phillies against Jamie Garcia for the Cardinals.