Tough Night For Cardinals In Philly

A Friday night in Philadelphia, Cardinals versus Phillies. Roy Halladay on the mound. A tight, tense pitchers’ duel …

Unlike a Friday night last October, however, Friday night’s game had a different outcome as the Cardinals lost 3-1.

Kyle Lohse did about as much as he could, once again having a very strong outing. K-Lo pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeout and two walks.

He only had one tough inning — the second, when he allowed a lead-off double to Ryan Howard followed by and RBI-single to Domonic Brown.

And Roy Halladay was Roy Halladay — that one we saw last October. He allowed the Cardinals only run on a second inning Carlos Beltran homer, along with only a single to Jon Jay, and struck out eight.

Those two terrific starting pitching performances meant that the bullpens decided the game.

Barret Browning relieved Lohse in the eighth, and it was not a good night for Barret.

Poems for the New Poet — Aug. 10

Single and a balk.
Sacrifice moves J-Roll up.
Utley homer — NO.

But, yes, that was exactly how it went for the first three batters Browning faced. He did strike out Howard and get Brown to ground out.

And that led to the top of the ninth.

After Jay grounded out, Allen Craig doubled to right center off Jonathan Papelbon. Matt Holliday was out number two, but Beltran singled to right. Runners at the corners, David Freese at the plate, let’s all remember magic moments from last October …

Except Beltran tried to steal second and was easily out, as Papelbon hadn’t delivered the ball to the plate. Oops. Game over.

You take the good, with the homer, you take the bad, with the botched stolen base attempt …

Hey, there have been more significant caught-stealings to end games throughout baseball history (although the Cardinals benefited from that particular one).

Still, tough way to lose. Tough game to lose too — especially on a day when the Reds won and the Pirates lost. Forty-nine more games to go.

And the next is tonight, with Jake Westbrook and Cliff Lee starting. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Central Time.


Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email aaronmilesfastball@gmail.com. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.

2 thoughts on “Tough Night For Cardinals In Philly

  1. I believe in karma, that the universe must be in balance. And the Cardinals in 2011 used up a LOT of karma in taking advantage of the collapse of the Braves and the defeat of the 102-win Phillies in the NLDS. Call it Rally Squirrel or what have you, I believe the universe was knocked out of balance by that win, and especially the wild card run.

    So to quote the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I ain’t even mad the Cardinals got swept by the Braves earlier this season, and lost last night to the Phillies.

    Although somebody needs to teach our manager and Carlos Beltran that the slightly marginal increase in run expectancy of having a runner on second instead of first with two outs is completely negated by the chance said runner will be thrown out.

    But back to karma.

    Look, the Cardinals are STILL handing out replica World Series rings to their fans. That’s a big reminder how karma was way in the Cardinals favor last year. And karma has to be paid back.

    We have a word for fans that don’t understand the power of karma. Those fans treat a burst of unexpected good fortune by their favorite team as something to which they are entitled, rather than be grateful. Those fans strut, preen, brag and spend less time in gratitude than lording over fans of not-so-fortunate teams.

    We call these people “Cubs fans.”

    You Reds fans should remember this from 2010 and the humiliation your team took in the jaw in the NLDS.

  2. I believe in karma, that the universe must be in balance. And the Cardinals in 2011 used up a LOT of karma in taking advantage of the collapse of the Braves and the defeat of the 102-win Phillies in the NLDS. Call it Rally Squirrel or what have you, I believe the universe was knocked out of balance by that win, and especially the wild card run.

    So to quote the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I ain’t even mad the Cardinals got swept by the Braves earlier this season, and lost last night to the Phillies.

    Although somebody needs to teach our manager and Carlos Beltran that the slightly marginal increase in run expectancy of having a runner on second instead of first with two outs is completely negated by the chance said runner will be thrown out.

    But back to karma.

    Look, the Cardinals are STILL handing out replica World Series rings to their fans. That’s a big reminder how karma was way in the Cardinals favor last year. And karma has to be paid back.

    We have a word for fans that don’t understand the power of karma. Those fans treat a burst of unexpected good fortune by their favorite team as something to which they are entitled, rather than be grateful. Those fans strut, preen, brag and spend less time in gratitude than lording over fans of not-so-fortunate teams.

    We call these people “Cubs fans.”

    You Reds fans should remember this from 2010 and the humiliation your team took in the jaw in the NLDS.

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