Series Summary 8/19-21: Cardinals @ Phillies

jedd Gyorko and Randal Grichuk

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This weekend, the Cardinals and Phillies played three games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. By taking two of the three games, the Cardinals also took the season series, 5-2.

Game One (F/11): Cardinals 4, Phillies 3 — WP: Seung Hwan Oh (3-2) LP: Frank Herrmann (0-1) SV: Alex Reyes (1)

After the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, an RBI double off the bat of Randal Grichuk in the top of the eleventh gave the Cardinals the edge on Friday, as St. Louis knocked off the Phillies in eleven innings, 4-3.

Cardinals shortstop Jedd Gyorko tied the game with a two-run home run with one out in the ninth off Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, who has allowed four home runs and blown four saves this season. The home run knotted the game at three and was the last run until the eleventh inning.

The Cardinals’ bullpen deserving of partial recognition for Friday’s win, as Jonathan Broxton, Zach Duke, Kevin Siegrist, Seung Hwan Oh, and Alex Reyes combined for five scoreless innings with six hits allowed and eight strikeouts.

Game Two: Phillies 4, Cardinals 2 — WP: Jeremy Hellickson (10-7) LP: Luke Weaver (0-1) SV: Jeanmar Gomez (33)

Although he pitched better than he did in his first start, Luke Weaver was charged with his first loss, as the Phillies rode a three-hit day from second baseman Cesar Hernandez to a 4-2 win on Saturday, evening the series at one game apiece.

In his second major-league start, Weaver was able to log five innings, in which he allowed three earned runs, whiff six batters, and issue no walks. However, the Phillies’ three runs — including one on Hernandez’s fourth home run of the season — proved to be enough, thanks to the fact that Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson turned in seven innings of two-run ball.

One of Hellickson’s few mistakes on Saturday came in the third inning. After Weaver recorded his first hit, Cardinals leadoff hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker drove him in on his tenth home run of the season, one that tied the ballgame at the time but did not have much of an impact on the game’s final outcome.

Game Three: Cardinals 9, Phillies 0 — WP: Mike Leake (9-9) LP: Vince Velasquez (8-6)

With one of Mike Leake’s best starts of the season and a four-homer day from the offense, the Cardinals had no problem knocking out the Phillies yesterday, as St. Louis took the series finale by a 9-0 score.

Leake’s seven innings of shutout ball marked his third consecutive quality start. In those starts, Leake has pitched nineteen innings and allowed six runs while recording twelve punchouts, accounting for what has been his most polished string of outings this season.

As for the bats, the Cardinals, a day removed from seeing their streak of nine games with at least two home runs snap, hammered four long balls, including two off the bats of Jedd Gyorko and Jeremy Hazelbaker to account for a four-run eighth inning off Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann.

What’s next?

Cardinals: Following Monday’s off day, the Cardinals will welcome the Mets to Busch Stadium for a three-game series.

Phillies: The Phillies, too, are off on Monday and will begin a quick two-game set with the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday.

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