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Cardinals Rally to Take Game 2, 5-4

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 03, 2011 12:06 AM | Comments: 48
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It’s not how you start, but how you finish. Just ask the St. Louis Cardinals. A night after the Phillies climbed from an early hole, the Cardinals decided to do the same.

Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa went with starter Chris Carpenter on three days rest and it didn’t work out as planned, but the offense ate away at a four-run deficit to win Game 2 of the National League Division Series 5-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The series is now tied 1-1 heading back to St. Louis.

Carpenter would last just three innings on short rest – the first time he ever started a game on three days rest – throwing 64 pitches, only 34 for strikes.

Phillies starter Cliff Lee did strike out nine over six innings, but gave up five runs on 12 hits; the runs all coming between the fourth and seventh innings.

Jimmy Rollins would get the Phillies off to a fast start by ripping the first pitch from Carpenter off the top of the wall in right field that narrowly missed being a home run. Rollins would settle for a double. Carpenter then walked Chase Utley and Hunter Pence before Ryan Howard hit a two-run single to center field that glanced off the foot of the St. Louis starter. Two batters later, Raul Ibanez slapped a single to right to plate Pence for a quick 3-0 lead.

With two outs in the second inning, Rollins nearly had himself a home run again, hitting the top of the wall, this time in right-center field. Rollins again would stop at second base, but would make it home following a walk by Utley and an RBI single to right field by Hunter Pence to give Philadelphia a 4-0 lead. That ended the scoring for the Phillies.

Carpenter wasn’t happy with the results of his performance and he pinpointed why.

“All I talked about is, you need to control counts, locate your fastball, and get ahead to pitch well. I wasn’t able to do that early on in that first inning. And it cost me.”

And, although he did pitch on short rest, he said it was a breakdown between the ears, not a physical issue as to why he struggled.

“I really physically felt great. Mechanically I wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked and mentally I wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked.”

RBI singles by Yadier Molina, Ryan Theriot, and Jon Jay in the fourth inning cut the Cardinals deficit to 4-3. St. Louis nearly tied it on a single by Rafael Furcal, but Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz held on to a great throw by Ibanez from left field after being run over by Jay in front of home plate.

In the sixth, the Cardinals got to Lee again, this time with two outs. Theriot doubled to left field, then scored on a single to left by Jay, tying the game at four.
After a leadoff triple by Allen Craig – Matt Holiday’s injury replacement – Albert Pujols’ RBI single in the seventh gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead that they would hold on to.

Timely hitting was part of the recipe for success for St. Louis, and Lee put the loss all on his shoulders. “They got some big hits when they needed to and I wasn’t able to make pitches I needed in the situations I needed to. I take full responsibility.”

Lee also said he didn’t do a good enough job taking what his offense gave him.

“Any time you give a pitcher a four run lead in the first two innings, you’re in a pretty good spot, and that’s the situation I was in and somehow squandered it away.”

Much of the offensive output from the Cardinals came from the bottom of the lineup. Molina, Theriot, and Jay combined to go 5-for-12 with three RBI.

Jay said the Cardinals showed resiliency in much the same way they had late in the year.  “It’s definitely not somewhere you want to be (down 4-0 after two innings), but it’s the playoffs. We’re not going to quit, and that’s something the team has done all year.”

Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa continued his game of bullpen roulette, choosing Fernando Salas to relieve Carpenter for the fourth and fifth innings. Salas, who saved 24 games for the Cardinals during the regular season, retired all six Phillies he faced.Salas, along with relievers Octavio Dotel and Mark Rzepcynski, sat down 17 straight Phillies at one point, before Rollins singled with two outs in the seventh. In all, LaRussa would use seven pitchers; four in the eighth inning alone.

Jason Motte recorded his first ever postseason save by throwing 1 1/3 innings to close it out.

LaRussa lauded his team’s for not packing it in when faced with an uphill battle.

“I said before, if you watch us play a lot of times, we’re not perfect, but we try perfect. In baseball you get a base hit here and there and put a ball in play, good things happen.”

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    What happened how they score so quick. I heard we where up took shower shaved then bam …? I knew it was no way we would keep these guys from scoring…

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Well i hear Lee blew it from what my friend just said….):

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Terrible day for Philadelphia fans— Eagles blew it, followed by the Phils. DAMN

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Started good, then unraveled. The offense fell asleep for some reason with 2 baserunners in 6 innings against the bullpen. Hope the offense wakes up again. I probably wouldn’t be concerned or that pissed is the phillies got more than a single and a HBP against the poor bullpen. Granted I think all the puthera except Westbrook have been used. Hopefully that haunts them, but they get a day off now. And the phillies offense gets a day off to relax to posed and throw up some crooked numbers again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Crap. iPhone strikes again. Beer and iPhone don’t mix. I meant the entire cards bullpen has been used.

     
  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

    I couldn’t watch….it was getting me physically ill. My bp was up.

     
  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

    I did expect that we would lose a game or two along the journey but geez….already???

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    We will win this series. We are NOT dead so get the fork out of our sides. Hamels will right the ship on Tuesday and Oswalt will dazzle them on Wednesday. Call your bookie and place the bet.

     
  • Posts: 222 tavian

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    I AM REALLY PISSED

     
  • Posts: 0 chris shearer

    uncle cholly,stop using worthless pinch hitters fransico over mayberry!should have pulled lee and went to bullpen.to preserve the lead.jroll,ryan howard did good hitting tonite.what happen to victorino,utley and ruiz come on guys.you can do better than this,losing this game was a joke.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    This game shouldnt have been lost I am worried taking some antacid now…

     
  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

    Did Polanco get a hit yet??? I watched on and off…but he went 0-4 yesterday. Why didn’t he use Mayberry in that position? Lee should have pulled himself out of the game if he wasn’t up to the task…it happens. We could have put Worley, Kendrick, or Blanton. I did see Worley…what did he do?

     
  • Posts: 0 cs

    next year the phillies need to invest in some bench players who can hit.fransico has to go gload stinks ,bowker please!!!!!!!!!look im phillies since 1979.my mom is from there.thats why i root for them. polanco,utley,victorino and ruiz need to step it up on there hitting.not all of is the mgrs fault.

     
    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      You do realize that Gload is near the top in the league in Pinch Hits correct? Obviously Ben Fran and Bowker need to go, but lay off Gload.

       
  • Posts: 26 jeff y

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    Charlie should have never let Cliff Lee com out for the 7th inning. He had over 100 pitches and was getting hit all over the place.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I agree with a previous post (last night) – Hamels best now is giving up 2 hrs, perhaps 3 runs. If our offense is asleep again he gets either a ND or a loss.

    Where is Poly? Why didn’t we see Mayberry?

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    from the comments…. I don’t know if people even watched the game. Kendrick, Blanton, etc.. instead of Cliff Lee in the 7th ??? Are you people serious? …. No, Lee was not sharp yesterday, but you’d rather have guys pitching that should barely be on the postseason roster to begin with ??

    Or what try Stutes to come in and walk people?

    The game was lost because the offense had 1 hit after the 3rd inning, the Cardinals journeymen-bullpen shut us down… Maybe you use Mayberry instead of Francisco, but I’m assuming Mayberry was being saved for the hopeful time when there was going to be runners on base …which as a manager, you’re assuming that your offense can get a second baserunner in 2+ innings, which would have turned the lineup to the pitcher-spot in the 9th ….and a time when you’d much rather have Mayberry than Francisco with the game on the line …… for the same reason you don’t burn your best relievers in the 7th, you don’t burn your best bench bat either

     
    • Posts: 5219 Lefty

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      Agreed, Why use Mayberry with no one on base in front of him? Any manager with any knowledge of the game would save him there. They knew Gload was not going to hit, that Larussa would match up. Francisco was the better option for that time in the game.

       
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Hamels against all those righties — with diminished velocity and a problem giving up homers lately? Against a guy the Phillies can’t hit? Let’s say I’m doubtful. Although, after last night’s inexplicable debacle, what good are the odds?

     
  • Posts: 79 branderson925

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    I don’t know how I can be a dire fan of this team and not be confused and upset with the management of Cliff out there. Obviously he didn’t have his best stuff giving up 12 hits despite striking out 12. There is little reasont to leave Cliff in there in a 4-4 game after throwing 100+ pitches to a more than potent offense that had already hit him around.

    Talk about complete lack fo faith in the pen. C’mon. Obviously you can look in hindsight and say well the Phils never scored beyond that point against the miserable bullpen of St. Louis…..But a 4-4 game is a whole lot different that a 5-4 game especially when St. Louis has their starter go a mere 3 innings.

    This is fine but just a lousy way to end the day after being on a bus all day from Philly to Boston following the Eagles collapse and a terrible internet bus connection which almost kept me from staying posted on the Phils.

    I have plenty of faith. Cole should do well and for once I think we’ll be fine against Jaime. It is really awesome to see Rollins hit like this. He continues to set the table and we’ll be in a real good position. Plus Howard at Busch = Monster Numbers.

    GO COLE GO PHILS

     
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      Branderson, traditionally Howard does hit tremendously at Busch – not this year, yet. He does not want to hear it from his mom at the end of the game! I remember a game in St. Louis like 3 years ago, Howard had a double & a HR, came up with 2 men on base and struck out – the camera quick flashed to his family (Mom, brother and another older fellow, not sure if it is his dad) and showed his mom shaking her head – wow!

      I am a worrier. My confidence in Cole is to keep it close and that’s it. Whether he gives up 2 or 3 runs and a few HR’s, the Phils with any type of offense should be able to win this one.

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Jay should get drilled …. maybe if the Phillies are up a lot, Worley will put one in his ribs

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I’m with you Don. I kinda expect to see Schieder in there too, not happily of course.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Would really like to give Mayberry a chance to show what he can do, he has earned it after all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Hamels
    in 20+ more innings than Garcia, he gave up 4 more HRs
    6 less walks
    10 less earned runs

    had 38 more Ks and 38 less hits…

    has a lower ERA, WHIP, and BATTING AVG AGAINST…

    I think the Phillies are going to be fine and everyone (except Andy Reid) should relax

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Hamels gave up nearly half of his 19 hrs in the month of September Don and you know this

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I said before, i HOPE, Charlie does the right thing and gives Mayberry the start in LF … Raul has been good in two games (3 hits, 4 rbi) … but Mayberry earned the right to start against LHP in the postseason … i just hope Charlie has the balls to do what he should for the good of the team

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Brooks, I look at the month of September almost as “Fall-Training” for the Phillies …. working on pitches, etc … the HR that Uggla hit, the ones in FLA, … mostly meaningless games over the final stretch ..

    Hamels will be fine …. it just always amazes me how he draws so much worry compared to our other starters .

    If Hamels would’ve given the performance that Lee did last night, i’m 100% sure that he wouldn’t have gotten that same standing ovation

     
    • Posts: 2992 Chuck A.

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      I said the same exact thing last night about the ovation he got. If that were Hamels he would have been booed.

       
    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Hamels without a doubt would have been booed. That is complete BS. I have always said, I have no problem with fans booing the players to let them know if they were not up to snuff. Lee always getting an ovation, regardless of how he pitches is annoying as anything. Call it like it is, and be FAIR. Just like the article said, it isnt how you start, but how you finish. Halladay started kind of weak honestly, with the 3 run bomb in the first, but promntly settled down after that, and pitched masterfully after the first inning. Cliff Lee gave up a lead off triple in the first, and lead off double in the 2nd, escaping damage, but ended poorly. IMO, IF you boo Hamels for some of his starts, seeing how Cliff ended, boo him. Be fair about it, and don’t give Lee a free pass. But at the same token, some like to give Cole a free pass because he was World Series MVP in 2008.

       
  • Posts: 2992 Chuck A.

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    Raul Ibanez’ home and road splits are glaring:

    Home – .278 BA / .316 OBP / .833 OPS / 15 HR
    Away – .210 BA / .261 OBP / .577 OPS / 5 HR

    And… in Busch Stadium this year he’s 0 for 9 with one walk in 3 games

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Buster Olney on Mike & Mike ESPN this morning . . . .. “The Cardinals bullepn was phenomenal, while the Phillies bullpen gave it up”

    Not sure if he watched the game or not …. but the Phillies bullpen gave up 1 hit, and 1 walk in 3 ip … way to mail it in, Buster

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Brian, Hamels would of indeed been booed. To be honest anyone thinking we was going to blank these guys out must be smoking weed thats be marinating in a bag since the 1965. It simply wasnt going to happen. We need to score some runs, we got off to a great start with the offense but then it fell asleep. Utley tried to get something going but didnt happen.

     
    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Agreed on both parts. I don’t expect any of the starting pitchers to blank these guys. Cards have a very potent offense. I hope (an have a strong feeling) Hamels can hold them to 3 runs or less. My conern is the offense. It is a concern if any offense can’t get much more than a single in 6 innings against the Cardinals Bullpen. Anyone who has paid attention to the baseball at this season knows how bad the Cardinals Bullpen is. The Cards bullpen has around 27-30 losses, even with decent starting pitching, and a very good offense.

       
  • Posts: 2992 Chuck A.

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    It will always stick in people’s minds what Hamels said during the 2009 World Series about wanting the season to be over. While it’s obvious that he was only expressing frustration at his own season….it was preceived as something completely different in the eyes on the fanbase.

    He’s older now….more mature. Two solid seasons after that have helped him and his confidence. He doesn’t react like he used to when something didn’t go his way.

    But Cliff Lee is different to most fans. Expressing shock and disappointment ….just like the fans felt….at being traded and then actually WANTING to come back here…. endeared himself to the fans in a big way. He’s almost immune to any kind of a bad outing.

    I wish, though, that people would try to understand just what we have in Hamels. 27 years old. World Series MVP. Solid lefty that WE drafted and developed. He’s only going to improve as the years go on.

     
    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Cole is far more mature. He WAS a “drama queen”. In years past, he could be cruising with a shutout through 5, then gives up 1 double, then you knew it was over for him, because he would quite often flip out, unravel, and give up more hits and runs. Now he just as you said, more mature. He could give up a lead off home run, and thats it. He brushes it off, and just makes his pitches, rather than trying to hard to locate pitches, maybe squeez the ball harder as a result, and the control and velocity go down. He is a different pitcher now. I hope the Phillies keep him around, but sadly, I have a feeling he will end up somewhere else when his contract is up, probably win a World Series there as well. Its not the fans I am concerned about, it is the Front Office realizing what they have.

       
  • Posts: 0 Rob

    After the second inning, this was postseason 2010. You just *knew* they weren’t going to score. I stand my prediction of Cards in 4 for that reason — when our offense is cold, the team is completely helpless.

     
    • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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      Hey Rob,I hope you are dead to stupid wrong pal… Cards in 4? Unreal.
      Yes, sometimes our offense looks way aneamic but this is what the team has been playing for all year bro. I was shocked that Lee got hit so hard and often. I was really surprised.
      Here’s hoping that Cole can string together a nice one tomorrow and that Ryan Howard can continue his hitting legacy in St. Louis.

       
  • Posts: 222 tavian

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    Phillies are done, finito, finished. They are old and tired. They need new blood. It’s been a truly great run, but they need to sweep the deck. Say goodbye to Rollins, Ibanez, Gload, Schneider, Oswalt, Lidge. Sign Hamels, and Madson. Go after some younger players with the idea that Utley and Polanco are wearing down, and possibly Ruiz. Try to trade or unload Howard’s contract on someone and get a first baseman who can hit for a higher average and hit lefties (this will take some doing). We could go after Prince Fielder if we did not have Howard’s deal hanging around our necks. Anyway, I think we need to be proactive in rebuilding this team. Rollins will be missed but NO WAY is he worth five years and all that committment.

     
    • Posts: 2992 Chuck A.

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      It’s comments like this that truly make my day.

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    dude is a moron….. Phillies just scored 11 in game 1, but they’re finished? old? and tired?

     
  • Posts: 2992 Chuck A.

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    Tavian… Ryan Howard has 6 RBI in the two playoff games so far….out of the 15 runs that the Phillies have scored. If the Philies don’t squander the lead last night he has the GAME-WINNING RBI in both those games.

    Yet you’re so frustrated at last night’s loss that you want to make all these wholesale changes (some of which will happen anyway with expiring contracts), getting rid of Howard being one of those changes.

    I love it when one playoff loss causes people to go off the deep end with their thinking.

     
    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      While we are at it, lets get rid of Pence, because he doesn’t have a 1.000 average, Cliff Lee because he gave up 5 runs, Victorino because he missed that ball that hit his glove. Ibanez can’t throw the ball from the outfield and get assists, Utley has no range, and can’t cover the middle of the diamond, Ruiz fell when he was hit, Cholly has done nothing for this team, because he left Lee out there in the 7th after he already had 100 pitches, and was giving up hits already. Should I go on?

      Ok, Even after I typed that, trying to take the entire season of 102 wins with an “old and tired” ball club, I barely believed any of it. LOL. I don’t get some people. It is one thing to say the offense fell asleep, going to St Louis tied 1-1 with a new found inability to hit a bad bullpen makes it doubtful the Phillies will win the series, or lose it in 5, because Carpenter will be PISSED, and doubt he will have the same outing twice in a row. It is a completele different thing to dismantle the entire team after winning 102 games based on 1 single playoff loss.

       
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Tavian does not usually do that but hey, its the playoffs!

     
  • Posts: 0 davehist

    Comment earlier about Utley letting them down. He did his best, got on base three times with two walks and a hit-by-pitcher, and the one time he was out he was called out on a 3=2 pitch by Jerry Meals, on a pitch that was clearly way outside. Meals was bad last night; I don’t know why he’s umpiring in this series. I guess he’s being rewarded for his awful blown call in the 19th inning of that Braves-Pirates game. The third base umpire early on made some weird swinging-strike calls on a couple of Phillies hitters who clearly held their swings up.
    Oh we.. Much frustration after putting in the bank a 4-0 lead with Lee pitching, only to see the bats (and Lee) disappear.

     
  • Posts: 0 David

    Maybe we should send MLB a petition to fire Jerry Meals immediately.

     
    • Posts: 0 Jeff Orbach

      Can we also include Joe West on that Petition?

       
  • Posts: 0 cs

    phillies offense needs to come alive.charlie needs to out smart tony larussa,we should win this series we got the experince.i remeber in 08 and 09 and last yr we whip the cards butts in the regular seasons match ups.the pitching needs to hold the cards offense @ bay.phillies just need to play smart ball we win the whole gold trophy.like ric flair would say time to walk that ailse.go phils!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
 
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