Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff but didn’t have a terrible start either. Halladay started the game by serving up a leadoff double to Rafael Furcal who advanced to third after a passed ball by Carlos Ruiz. Former Phillie Nick Punto grounded out but got Furcal in from third to get the Cards the early lead. After getting Albert Pujols to ground out, Halladay gave up a two out solo home run to St. Louis OF Lance Berkman.
The Phillies ended up getting on the board in the bottom of the second. Placido Polanco got it started with a two out single to center, after a Nick Punto error that put Ross Gload on first, Chooch singled home Polanco to cut the lead to 2-1. It didn’t last long. Halladay gave up a leadoff double to Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse. Furcal then sacrificed Lohse to third. After a Punto walk and a Pujols strikeout, Berkman came through with another big two out hit as he singled home Lohse to spread the lead to 3-1 through three innings.
Things stayed like this until the bottom of the ninth when; once again, Chooch came through. Ruiz lead off the ninth with a double down the left field line. After a Brandon Moss strikeout, Jimmy Rollins hits his 100th career tripled to right center to cut the lead to 4-2. Shane Victorino, the tying run, grounded out to Furcal that got Rollins home from third. The Phillies brought the tying run to the plate again when Chase Utley stepped in. LaRussa decided that closer Jason Motte had done enough and brought in another former Phillie, Arthur Rhoades to face Utley. Utley singled to right, just under the glove of a diving Pujols. Again, LaRussa came out to make a pitching change, bringing in righty Octavio Dotel to face Hunter Pence. After working a 1-2 count and fouling off a pitch Pence hit a sharp grounder to third and was out on a close play at first.
Game Notes: The Brewers lost tonight which means the Phillies clinch home field advantage for the playoffs (remember hearing this scenario?)….. 200th Consecutive home sellout for the Phillies…… The Braves had a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth and after getting the first two outs, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel gave up an infield single to Emilio Bonifacio. Omar Infante then hit a two run, walk off home run to left. This is important because the Braves Wild Card lead, coupled with the Cards win, is cut to 2 ½ games... Phillies are scheduled to play another double header tomorrow against the Nationals. Games start at 1:05 and 7:05. Kyle Kendrick will start the day game while Cliff Lee will toe the rubber in the nightcap.