The Bottom Line
— The Cardinals (62-53) lost to the Philadelphia Phillies (53-62) by a score of 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in 11 innings, falling to 2.5 games behind the National League wild card leaders.
— Lance Lynn only last five innings, giving up four earned runs and four hits while striking out two and walking two.
— The Cards fell behind early after Chase Utley smacked a 2-RBI tiple and Ryan Howard hit an RBI single to put the Phillies up 3-1, but both Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay helped to bring the Cards back into the game with RBI base-hits.
— With the score tied at 4 in the seventh, Edward Mujica came in and pitched another scoreless inning, making it all five appearances as a Cardinals in which he has not given up an earned run.
— Jon Jay broke the tie in the eighth inning when he hit an RBI triple, giving the Cards a 7-4 lead
— Juan Pierre hit a walk-off RBI infield-single in the eleventh inning to score Jimmy Rollins, giving Phillies’ reliever Jeremy Horst (1-0) the win and Cardinals’ reliever Barret Browning (0-2) the loss.
Well this was an extraordinarily frustrating loss. It is not too often that you score seven runs, out-hit your opponent 14-7, and commit two fewer errors than your opponent and lose the game, but that’s what happened on Sunday afternoon for the Cardinals. You hate to criticize Mitchell Boggs because of how good he has been overall throughout the past couple of months, but that was just an awfully placed fastball that Eric Kratz was able to smash over the left field wall.
It’s easy to say it now, but I’m also wondering why Lynn was taken out so early. It’s not a secret that Lynn has tended to struggle in the first inning this season, and it’s quite clear that he gets better as the game progresses. While I understand the need to get your relievers some work with a day off on Monday, it did not totally make sense to me why he was taken out, unless of course the Cards think they need to protect him for perhaps more important games down the stretch.
What’s Next: The Cardinals have an off-day on Monday where they will travel back home to St. Louis. They start a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at 7:15 CST where Ian Kennedy will face off against Joe Kelly. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest and all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.