With Chase Utley and the Dodgers behind them, the Philadelphia Phillies welcomed the St. Louis Cardinals to Citizens Bank Park. Despite some promising moments, the Phillies lost two of three to the Cards this weekend.
Friday night was the battle of the Adam’s as Adam Morgan (1-7; 6.21 ERA) face off against veteran Adam Wainwright (5-3; 4.71 ERA). For the first eight innings, it was all Philadelphia. The Phillies scored three runs off of Wainwright over his six innings pitched. Notably in the sixth inning, Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis hit back-to-back solo home runs. Morgan’s only blemish in his six innings of work was a solo home run in the second inning to Randal Girchuk. With the Phillies up 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the usually dominant Jeanmar Gomez (33 S; 2.97 ERA) faltered and gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Jedd Gyorko. Going into extra innings, the Phillies would fall to the Cardinals in the 11th inning thanks to a RBI double from Girchuk. The final score would be 4-3 in favor of St. Louis.
Jeremy Hellickson (10-7; 3.60 ERA) would try to right the course for Philadelphia on Saturday night. In the bottom of the first inning, Cesar Hernandez would hit a solo home run off of the second pitch that Luke Weaver (0-1; 5.00 ERA) threw. Cameron Rupp would also have a two-out RBI single to give the Phillies the early 2-0 lead. The Cards would tie the game in the third inning when Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run home run off of Hellickson. Those would be the only two runs Hellickson would give up. Also noteworthy about his outing was that for the first time since July 26 a Phillies starter pitched seven innings. The Phillies would eventually take a 4-2 lead in large part to Maikel Franco‘s RBI single and Aaron Altherr‘s solo home run. In the top of the ninth inning, Gomez came in for the save against the same part of the lineup who got to him the night before. Luckily for Philadelphia, history did not repeat itself and the Phillies went on to win, 4-2.
Sunday was the rubber match between the clubs, and it was all St. Louis. Vince Velasquez (8-6; 4.31 ERA) was hit hard again as he surrendered five runs over his six innings on the mound. Mike Leake (9-9; 4.56 ERA) on the other hand was lights out as he did not surrender any runs over his seven innings of work. The bullpen did not help Velasquez as Frank Herrmann (0-1; 15.00 ERA) went on to give up four more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Despite nine hits, the Phillies could not muster any runs as they fell to the Cardinals, 9-0.
The Phils look to rebound as they hit the road to Chicago as they face the White Sox in Interleague Play. Game one of the two-game series is Tuesday. First pitch is at 8:10pm EST.