Even before today’s game began, the Phillies were in the hole. Bryce Harper would be out of the lineup with back stiffness, something that plagued him towards the end of the last season.
Despite this, the offense got off on the right foot making Cardinals pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim throw over 30 pitches in the first inning. However, only one run came across.
Alec Bohm laced an RBI single to the left-center field gap scoring Rhys Hoskins. They’d get the bases loaded eventually, but Matt Joyce filling in for Harper, saw his 3-0 count end up in a strikeout. It’s tough to fault Girardi for playing Joyce...but I think it’s pretty clear this team needs a good righty bench bat.
Speaking of Matt’s, Matt Moore started for the Phillies and after a rocky first inning rebounded nicely in the second, all to allow a three run home run to Yadier Molina, followed by a back-to-back shot by Paul DeJong. The Matt Moore experience, everyone! He allowed another run before finally getting the hook, and hopefully that’s the last time we see him pitch for this team.
In the bottom half of the inning the offense got some of those runs back. J.T Realmuto got a RBI ground out, and Bohm plated Hoskins with a sac fly.
Expecting a good outing from JoJo Romero to keep it close?
Would have been nice!
He allowed another home run to Molina and a two run shot to Nolan Arenado making it 9-3 Cardinals bringing Vince Velasquez into the game.
Surprisingly enough, he didn’t allow any runs! He may have made three innings go by at the speed of the opposite of light, but it’s progress, folks.
The Phillies scored just one more run, as the Cards took game two 9-4. It’s Nola day tomorrow, let’s take the series.
P.S: Please don’t make tomorrow’s game this long.