ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Jaime Garcia was looking for his third straight win in as many starts on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies (25-16). Yet, the Cardinals (24-19) could not protect Garcia’s shutout that he took into the eighth inning when Tyler Greene dropped a routine pop up. That mistake and late run was not enough for the Phillies as the Redbirds and Lance Berkman delivered the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win.
The Cardinals earn their first sweep of the season, and Tuesday night was the first walk-off win for the Redbirds this season. Lance Berkman was asked if a walk-off win brings more energy to the club:
Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.64) was not facing the best Phillies lineup as they are missing a few key pieces, but still a potent one. He was very effective using his moving fastballs and breaking balls allowing just five hits and one walk. In 8.0 innings of work, Garcia struck out five on the evening, and three of those were against Ryan Howard who had three walks on Monday night.
The run scored by the Phillies in the eighth was unearned for Garcia, and that is only the second run allowed by the young left-hander in his last three starts. Manager Tony LaRussa though warns not to put too many expectations on Jaime:
After defensive replacement Tyler Greene was not able to haul in the fly ball from Jimmy Rollins, Michael Martinez was able to advance him to third on a single. Placido Polanco would then bring in Rollins on a sacrifice fly.
In the clubhouse after the game, Greene was still a little shaken up by the error, but was very thankful for Berkman’s game-winning RBI hit:
The Cardinals offense was getting on base most of the night with 13 hits. However, they had 14 left on base and 6 of those baserunners were in scoring position.
Leading the charge on Tuesday night included Yadier Molina who finished the night 3-4 with an RBI. That run came in the fourth inning when Molina singled in Lance Berkman who was able to somehow elude a tag from Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha.
The other run in the ninth developed quickly as the first three Cardinals hitters reached base. Matt Holliday could not bring in the winning run as the Phillies were able to get a force out at home. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel elected to have left-handed specialist J.C Romero face Berkman, and the switch-hitter came through.
Tony LaRussa talks about how big it was to get the victory:
Lance Berkman not only had the game-winning RBI hit, but also had a good night at the dish going 2-3 with two walks and one run scored. Albert Pujols went 3-5, Jon Jay was 2-5, and Ryan Theriot also went 2-5.
Phillies starter Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.09) made his first start since April 26. The former Astros ace work amount was limited, and that was the plan set before the game by manager Charlie Manuel. He went 5.0 innings allowing seven hits, one walk, one run, and he struck out three.
Fernando Salas was solid against the Phillies for the second consecutive night as he faced three batters and struck out one in the ninth. He picked up his second win.
NOTES…The Cardinals open up another two-game series with the Houston Astros on Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium…The broadcast for the Charter Communications Pregame Show on KMOX 1120AM will start at 6:20pm.
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