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It’s 2015 and two things remain from 2011; The Phillies still struggle against the St. Louis Cardinals and that pesky squirrel is still around.
The weekend series in Philadelphia started off on a sour note as the Phils fell to the Cards, 12-4. Phillippe Aumont started for the Phillies in replace of injured Cole Hamels. Aumont was rocked in his four innings on the mound, giving up six runs. Justin De Fratus came in replace of Aumont and allowed eight more runs over the next two innings. Lost in the blow out was Ryan Howard’s 13th home run of the season, a three-run home run. The notable rally squirrel from the 2011 NLDS also made his return to Philadelphia. In the second inning, a squirrel took a long fall into the Phillies dugout. It did not give the club the rally magic it gave the Cardinals four years ago.
Saturday was not much kinder to Philadelphia as St. Louis dominated with a score, 10-1. The Phillies struck first with a solo home run from Cody Asche in the second inning, his third of the year. The Cardinals tied it in the fourth inning. Aaron Harang kept the game close for Philadelphia until sixth inning when St. Louis put up a three spot that inning. This is a lead they would never relinquish as they would go on to score six more times in the final three frames.
Sunday the sun came back after storms in the area the night before and shined on the Phillies as they won, 9-2. Adam Morgan made his Major League debut and was strong over 5.2 innings pitched and he allowed only one run. Cards starter Michael Wacha struggled, giving up five runs over five innings. The Phillies scored early and often as they scored at least one run off of three of the four Cardinals pitchers. Notably missing again from the lineup was struggling second baseman Chase Utley, who only started one of the games this weekend.
The Phillies travel north to New York as they face the Yankees in Interleague Play. The three-game series starts tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. First pitch is at 7:05pm.