Ryan Howard had worked a full count and seemed to have Edwin Jackson on his heels. Jackson threw a 3-2 pitch off the outside of the plate that should have walked Howard but home plate Angel Hernandez called strike three. Pence was running on the play and beat the throw to second. It was clear in real time and in slow motion that Pence beat the ball to second and was safe but second base umpire Chad Fairchild opted to go against the fact Pence was safe and called him out. Victorino flew out to end the inning. Remember all that momentum that the Phillies got to start the game? Well, Hernandez and Fairchild took it back even though the Phillies lead 2-0.
After a Skip Schumaker one out single, Roy Oswalt was able to get Albert Pujols to pop out to Placido Polcano to bring Lance Berkman to the plate. Berkman doubled to centerfield then Shane Victorino fell down (yeah, don’t ask how he did it, he just fell over) and Berkman advanced to third. The Phillies got Matt Holliday to end the inning but the Cardinals were able to cut the lead in half and the Phillies only lead 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Oswalt walked Lance Berkman to lead off the inning then hit Matt Holliday on the right arm (not far from his injured right hand) to put the first two men aboard. After a Yadier Molina line out, Cardinals third baseman David Freese stepped to the plate and ripped a two run double to left that rolled all the way to the wall. Berkman and Holliday both scored to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
Two innings later, Freese stepped to the plate with one on and two out. He proceeded to deposit the Roy Oswalt into the batters eye in dead center field to expand the St. Louis lead to 5-3.
The Phillies were able to answer with a run in the top of the eighth. Ross gload lead off with a single to right. Michael Martinez came on to pinch run. After a Fernando Salas balk moved Martinez to second and Jimmy Rollins grounded out, Chase Utley reached on an infield single to put runners on first and third with one out. Martinez scored and Utley moved to second on a wild pitch by Fernando Salas. Pence grounded out to shortstop then Ryan Howard came up. Howard quickly fell into an 0-2 hole to Marc Rzepcynski and, as usually, Rzepcynski threw him a slider away and Howard swung over it to strike out and end the inning.
The Phillies went down in order in the ninth as Jason Motte got the save. Oswalt went six innings tonight, allowing six hits, five runs, while striking out five. This was the first time Oswalt has lost a postseason game in which he started. As for Jackson, he went six innings, allowing five hits, two runs, while striking out four.
It all comes down to Friday night at 8:37pm. Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park with Phillies ace Roy Halladay going against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter.