The Cardinals slide continues, 9-2. Two struggling teams met up on Friday evening with the Philadelphia taking on the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams came in having lost 5 of their last 6.
Redbirds starter, Carlos Martinez pitched 5 perfect innings and retired the last 11 batters he faced. The issue was, he pitched 6 innings. If it could go wrong it did in the Phils second half of the second. The Phils put up six runs with some, shall we say, questionable fielding.
A fly ball to center should have been caught. Dylan Carlson said he lost in the twilight but admits he should have caught it. Another ball went under the glove of the second baseman, Matt Carpenter. Mickey Moniak, seeing his first game action of the season was batting in the 8 hole and was given an intentional pass that loaded the bases and brought pitcher Zach Eflin to the plate.
After 151 big leagues at-bats, Eflin had never got a hit or been hit with a pitch so great simple strategy right? Eflin promptly got grazed by a pitch and another run was plated. Bryce Harper continues to be on a roll and ripped an RBI double, JT Realmuto clubbed a two-run Jack and Andrew McCutcheon went 3 for 5 with three runs knocked in. Jean Segura was 3 for 4 with an RBI double.
The Cardinal’s two runs were courtesy of Justin Williams’s first homer. Eflin went 7 innings allowing two runs, with 6 hits and 6 strikeouts. The Cardinals slide continues. For more Phillies coverage click here.