Phillies Lose Finale in St. Louis Cardinals on a Wild Pitch in Extra Innings – NBC10 Philadelphia
Phils lose the final in St. Louis on a wild course in additional innings originally broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The day after two of their top players were knocked down by fastballs, the Phillies couldn’t take revenge on the scoreboard on Thursday afternoon.
The St. Louis Cardinals scored a 4-3 win over the Phils in 10 innings at Busch Stadium.
Tyler O’Neill took the winning run from third base with a goal at the end of tenth place on a wild field from Reliever David Hale.
The run ended a series of 10 scoreless innings from Phillies’ reliefs in the four-game series. It was an inexperienced run against Hale because extra innings start with a runner on second base. O’Neill moved up to third place with a ground out.
The Phillies went down 3-1-2 at the end of tenth place, and Matt Joyce was thrown to third base with JT Realmuto on deck
Phillies starter Aaron Nola only allowed four hits, a walk and he hit seven in six innings of work. He took a 1-0 lead in fifth place, but lost it on a homer with two outs and three runs from Matt Carpenter.
It was the fifth pinch homer Phillies allowed this season. The Phillies finished the game 3-3 with two runs in the seventh.
The Phillies are 12-13. You haven’t won any back-to-back games since the third and fourth games of the season, a span of 21 games.
The Phils finished the road trip in seven games with three wins and four losses. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, the Phils have been around between 80 and 123.
The defense hurts again
The Phillies were injured by sloppy defense all season and were again in the fifth inning of the game. Andrew Knizner blew a base goal into midfield and finished second when Odubel Herrera failed to put him clean. He was charged with a mistake. Herrera would have avoided the mistake altogether if he had got a better jump on the ball and made the catch.
That hit and the mistake opened first base and with two outs, manager Joe Girardi urged Nola to deliberately run No. 8 batsman Edmundo Sosa. The Cardinals then pinch for starter Kwang Hyun Kim with veteran Carpenter.
Carpenter was only 3 to 41 that season, but he remains a dangerous batsman, and he showed it when he jumped on a 0-1 curveball and sent it over the right wall for a three-run homer that took the Cardinals in 3: 1 bestowed lead.
Roman Quinn, who started on the right field instead of Bryce Harper, almost robbed the home run and saved the day for Nola. Quinn jumped against the wall with the ball in his glove, but it came loose when his body hit the wall and fell for a homer.
The Phils returned to finish the game 3-3 in seventh place with a leadoff double from Nick Maton, a one-time RBI double from Andrew McCutchen and an RBI base hit from Alec Bohm.
McCutchen, who came into play with .162, had two hits in the game. He also kicked off the 5-3 win on Wednesday. He swings the racket better after sitting outside on Monday and Tuesday.
Realmuto doubled the first run of the game in the third inning home, giving the Phils and Nola a 1-0 lead. At the end of the inning, he was second to dump a potential base theft.
The day after
Harper, who basically got away unharmed after hitting a fastball in the face at 97 mph Wednesday night, had a day off. So did Didi Gregorius, who was hit in the ribs by a 96-mile fastball in this game.
Phillies reliever Hector Neris hit Nolan Arenado with a pitch with two outs in a tie on the ninth. It was unclear if this was intended, but Cardinal Manager Mike Shildt was expelled for a dispute after Neris received no warning.
The Phillies return home Friday night to begin a seven-game homestand against the Mets and Brewers.
Chase Anderson (0-3, 6.48) will play against Mets’ right-hander Marcus Stroman (3-1, 2.25) on Friday night.
Zack Wheeler competes against Taijuan Walker on Saturday evening.
Zach Eflin starts against leftist David Peterson on Sunday night.
The Phils won’t see Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom on the show.