Cardinals Push Phillies To Game 5
St. Louis have evened the first round series with Philadelphia when the Cardinals overcame a two point deficit to roll past Phillies 5-3 yesterday at the Busch Stadium.
The visitors were given the first lead early in the opening term by Rollins who scored the first point after Utley tripled to right. Pence then singled to center, allowing the same Utley to double the lead and open a reasonable gap for the East side. But St. Louis cut the deficit right afterwards through Schumaker who gave his side the first point after Berkman doubled to center.
The next two terms went scoreless for both sides as the game was still open to any result. Cardinals took the first lead in the fourth term when Freese doubled to left and Berkman and Holliday came up with a precious double, making it 3-2.
The fifth term also went blank for the two sides, while the sixth one saw the same hosts go three points atop thanks to Fresse, who hit a 428 foot homer, and Holliday who drew the victory as just. Finally, the seventh term went scoreless and the next one brought Phillies a late meaningless point through Martinez who could not resuscitate his side for a much more consistent comeback.
Said Cardinals’ Matt Holliday: “They’re good friends and old teammates, and Carp was really chomping at the bit for this opportunity to pitch against Roy on full rest in a huge Game 5. It should be quite a battle and then it’ll be fun to watch two great competitors go head to head and two great teams get after it.”
Game 5 takes place on Citizens Bank Park tomorrow when hosts Philadelphia are expected to secure the second round berth in front of their own fans. Phillies finished the regular season top of the East Conference with a .530 record including 102 wins and 60 losses, while St. Louis came second in the Central with a .556 percentage which featured 90 wins and 72 defeats.
The same day Arizona Diamondbacks rolled past Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 to push the series into the fifth game decider. Texas Rangers are the only side to have qualified for the next phase after they eliminated Tampa Bay Rays in four meetings.
Detroit Tigers and former champions New York Yankees are also expected to provide a tight Game on Thursday. New York thwarted Detroit 10-1 in the last game away and have plenty of chances to shine on the Yankee Stadium, as well.11