So now we are heading back to Philly for Game 5 on Friday night. Which I really didn’t want to see happen.
And I didn’t think it would be necessary after the Phillies took a nice 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins got the ball rolling with his fourth double of the series, then Chase Utley hauled ass to get an RBI-triple. Hunter Pence then singled to score Utley. Offense looked good and ready to win this game. Unfortunately the bats had other plans and flatlined.
The Cards quickly answered in the bottom of the first with an RBI-double by Lance Berkman, that ended up being a double thanks to Shane Victorino slipping (literally) and unable to get the ball back in.
Was hoping for a better outing from Roy Oswalt, but he just didn’t have it. He threw six innings, gave up five runs on six hits, and struck out five.
The squirrel that made its national television debut on Tuesday night, made another appearance in tonight’s. And it decided to run across home plate as Oswalt was pitching to Skip Schumaker.
The pitch, which hit the catcher’s mitt a split-second before the furry fellow crossed the home-plate area, was called a ball. The squirrel darted into the stands while Oswalt stood with his hands in the air, either protesting the pitch should have been wiped out or should have been called a strike. – Phillies.com
Obviously Oswalt was struggling anyway, but the squirrel definitely just added to it. And I defended the little critters in my previous post but they have no place on the baseball field. When asked after the game what he thought of the squirrel, Manuel stated that there wasn’t much he could do about it, but that being from the south, had he had a shotgun, he would have shot the squirrel. All I know is that better be the last squirrel sighting at any Phillies games. The once labeled ‘lucky squirrel’ is now null and void.
On Tuesday night, the Philly killer was Ryan Theriot, tonight it was David Freese, who hit a two RBI-double in the fourth then slammed a two-run homer in the sixth. Putting the Cards up 5-2.
Joe Blanton threw in the seventh and Brad Lidge pitched the eighth. Combined they retired all six batters faced but the damage had already been done.
The Phillies managed to squeak in a run in the eighth courtesy of pinch hitter Ross Gload singling then advancing to second on a balk. Michael Martinez pinched run for Gload and got to third after Utley singled. With Hunter Pence at the plate, St. Louis reliever Fernando Salas threw a wild pitch, allowing Martinez to score. At that point the Phillies would take a run any way they could. Sadly though with the offense on life support, there wasn’t much hope of a miraculous recovery.
Even worse, Ryan Howard who usually kills it at Busch Stadium has been downright invisible. Tonight he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Not harping on him, I just want him to find whatever is missing and be the hitter I know he can be! And hopefully he finds it before Friday night.
And speaking of Friday night, the pitching match-up for Game 5 will be Roy Halladay vs. Chris Carpenter. If ever there was a time to be grateful that Doc is a Phillie, Friday night would be it. I have faith…so please baseball gods, don’t disappoint me!
The song used for the FOX/TBS Postseason is “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner can be heard here.