Phillies won Game 3 but it wasn’t easy. The Cardinals put up a fight and Ryan Theriot‘s bat was hot tonight. In fact, he is now referred to on twitter as ‘Cody Ross Theriot‘ thanks to last year’s playoffs where San Francisco Giant Cody Ross was a major thorn in the Phillies’ side.
And to make matters worse, Cole Hamels threw WAY too many pitches early on. I won’t say he did poorly, because he didn’t, its just the Cardinals’ offense made him work. He pitched six innings, gave up five hits, no runs, walked three, and struck out eight. And though he didn’t go as deep into the game as he would have liked (his pitch count was at 117) he still got the win.
The game was scoreless until the seventh inning. That’s when Shane Victorino lead the inning off with a single then stole second base. With two outs, St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz then had to face pinch hitter Ben Francisco. That’s when I said to myself, “It’d be a great time to hit one out Ben!” He must have heard me because he delivered a 3-run shot to left-center field, putting the Phillies up 3-0.
Reliever Vance Worley replaced Hamels in the seventh and gave up three hits and one run. Antonio Bastardo threw in the eighth and gave up a hit to Theriot, then Brad Lidge replaced Bastardo and gave up singles to both Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal. Ryan Madson was brought in to get the Phillies out of the eighth and he accomplished that by getting Allen Craig to ground into a double play.
In the top of the ninth, the Phillies had a chance to add to their lead. With Placido Polanco on first, Carlos Ruiz hit a shot to center where center-fielder Skip Schumaker made a slide and catch. His glove was on the ground and the ball did in fact land inside of the glove, even though initially Ruiz was called safe at first. Schumaker argued and the umps converged. They unanimously agreed that Schumaker caught it, therefore Ruiz was out and the Phillies momentum was quickly snuffed.
Bottom of the ninth brought nervousness and almost panic to the millions of Phillies fans watching as Madson gave up a lead-off double to Albert Pujols. Madson did retire the next two batters but then allowed an RBI-single by Yadier Molina. The Phillies lead was cut to just one run and who was up at the plate? Well you know it had to be none other than ‘Cody Ross’ Theriot. And would he go 5-for-5??? HELL NO…he grounded out (thank goodness)! Game over, final score 3-2.
Madson got his first save of the postseason. And the Phillies now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 tomorrow night.