Phillies fail to hold late lead in 4-3 loss to Cardinals
The Phillies gave up the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate that was reviewed in the 8th inning, and fell to the Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Cardinals (46-42) Beat Phillies (46-40)
- Winning Pitcher: Jordan Hicks (2-4, 4.28)
- Losing Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez (4-3, 1.91)
- Save: Ryan Helsley (7, 0.73)
Tommy Edman drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning with a sac-fly that drew a strong throw from center fielder Matt Vierling. Dylan Carlson was called out by the home plate umpire, even though it appeared he had gotten his hand past the tag attempt by catcher JT Realmuto. The call was sent to replay review and was overturned giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
The Phillies led 3-1 as late as the bottom of the 6th inning when Albert Pujols hit his 684th career home run off of Cristopher Sanchez to cut into the lead. Nolan Gorman tied the game up at 3 runs apiece an inning later with a RBI fielders choice.
Kyle Schwarber, who was announced as a reserve in the All-Star game in Los Angeles next week, hit his NL leading 28th home run of the season with a 420 foot blast to center field in the 5th inning. Schwarber is now only three behind Mike Schmidt for the most in team history before the break.
Nick Castellanos started the scoring off in the 1st inning with an RBI single and Matt Vierling chipped in with another RBI in the 4th inning, much to the delight of his friends and family cheering in him on in his hometown.
The Phillies tallied 11 hits and were a decent 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position, but couldn’t find any offense to sustain their lead later in the game. More importantly the bullpen, which has ranked among the best in baseball since the beginning of June gave up three earned runs, including Seranthony Dominguez who allowed the go ahead sac-fly in the 8th inning.
The Phillies can still pull off an impressive feat by winning three out of four in St. Louis when they finish the series at Busch Stadium with an odd Monday 4th game.
Nick Castellanos drives in a run with an RBI single to put the Phils on the board in the 1st inning.
The Cardinals tie the game up in the 2nd inning with an RBI single by Lars Nootbar. Fun name.
Nick Nelson escapes the bases loaded jam in the 2nd inning without giving up a go ahead run.
Jeurys Familia gets outs of the second bases loaded jam in as many innings by forcing Albert Pujols to ground into an inning ending double play.
Matt Vierling drives in a run with an RBI single in the 4th inning to give the Phils back the lead.
Kyle Schwarber increases the Phils lead with his NL leading 28th home run of the season. Only three behind Mike Schmidt for the most in team history before the All-Star break.
Albert Pujols cuts into the Phils lead with his 684th career home run and ties Stan Musial for fourth all time on the XBH list.
Matt Vierling makes a nice throw in an attempt to get a tagging Dylan Carlson from third base, but after review the call is reversed and the Cardinals take the lead.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Cardinals in the final game of a four game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.15) will toe the rubber facing off against Miles Mikolas (5-7, 2.72).
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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