The Cardinals walked away last night after putting a beating on the Phillies in an 8-1 loss. JA Happ took his first loss after giving up 5 runs in 6 innings. The 48 minute rain delay did him no favors, but the bigger issue was that softly hit balls just kept dropping into holes all around the field where no one was standing. Add to the, the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday that same day who went 4 for 5 with his brand new team. Holliday was complaining before the game while shagging balls in batting practice that his new cleats did not fit right; well, looks like he did fine with them after all.
But Happ could have given up 30 runs and it would not have mattered. The Phillies were simply not hitting the ball. In fact, their only run of the game came on a wild pitch; Jayson Werth walked home on the play and that was the end of the scoring.
Shane Victorino came up lame after a play in the wet outfield grass, but after being checked by the Phillies trainer, he stayed in the game and appears to be fine. Disaster averted…whew!
This will be a short one today; as it turns out, I will be at every game this weekend so computer time and access will be limited. But I will compile all my photos from the weekend and try to post them Sunday night when I get home.
Today is Photo Day at the ballpark and, unlike previous years, this year the Phillies are limiting the number of people who will get on the field to take photos of the players. I will let you know how that goes. And please, pray for clear skies…I am officially tired of rain! Go Phillies!