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Arguably the Phillies best pitcher so far this season, Aaron Harang, took the hill for this evenings matchup against the Cardinals, the third game of their four game series.
After splitting the first two games, the Phillies needed Harang to continue his early season success. For the first four innings, we saw just that.
Through the first four Harang surrendered just 1 earned run while striking out 4, a standard line for the right-hander. The lone run manufactured off of the bat of Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong with a single scoring Matt Adams.
The Phillies bats were once again relatively quiet early, but came alive enough in the top of the 4th in the form of a Ryan Howard home run. The long ball was his third in the last five games and his fourth of the season.
With Harang on third and Revere on second in the top half of the 5th, center fielder Odubel Herrera came up big again with a base hit to right field. The single easily scored Harang from third, but for the second time this series, a Phillies base runner was thrown out after getting caught in a rundown between third and home.
The Cardinals opened the game up wide in the bottom half of the inning. After a Wong single and sacrifice from pitcher Carlos Martinez, St. Louis center fielder Peter Bourjos lined a ball into the right field corner, scoring Wong and flying around the bases for a triple. Matt Carpenter then grounded into a fielder’s choice, drawing Ryan Howard’s throw home, but after replay review Bourjos was deemed safe giving the Cardinals the lead. A walk from Matt Holliday followed by hits from Adams and Peralta scored two more for the Cardinals giving them a 5-2 lead.
Harang came out and pitched the 6th inning, completing his night. His final line: 6 IP, 5 Runs (all earned), 9 hits, 1 BB, 6 K’s.
Both teams turned to their bullpens in the 7th inning. The Phillies got two scoreless, no-hit innings from right-handers Dustin McGowan and Jeanmar Gomez, but were equaled by Cardinals relievers pitching three scoreless as closer Trevor Rosenthal closed out the game for his 8th save in as many opportunities.
Final Score: Cardinals 5 – Phillies 2
- Phillies starter Aaron Harang gave up 4 earned runs in the bottom of the 5th inning tonight, equally the amount of earned runs he had given up in his first four starts this year (26 1/3 innings)
- With Matt Carpenter’s fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 5th inning, he continued his streak of successfully reaching base in every game so far this season.
- Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong recorded 10 defensive assists in tonight’s game. While certainly a lot for a 9-inning game, the National League record is set at 12, last happening by Phillies own Juan Samuel
The Phillies will look to even out the series at 2 games a piece as right-hander David Buchanan (0-4, 7.42 ERA) takes the hill against Cardinals lefty prospect Tim Cooney. Cooney, 24, will be making his Major League debut. Game time is set for 1:45 PM EST.