Cardinals 2, Phillies 1
Game 41 - Tuesday Night, May 17th in St. Louis
One Sentence Summary: The Cardinals walked off with a win courtesy of relievers Danys Baez and J.C. Romero as the offense continued its month-long snooze.
What It Means: It means I've posted about Phillies losses four games in a row and it's starting to make me cranky. The team is now 25-16 with a half game lead over the Marlins and a 1 1/2 game lead over the Braves. They're back home tomorrow night for a quick two-game set with the first place Rockies.
What Went Wrong: It was another forgettable game for the Phillies as they managed just one unearned run when Jimmy Rollins scored on an eighth-inning sac fly from Placido Polanco. Baez loaded the bases in the ninth before yielding to Romero. Romero, of whom I am not a big fan, threw one pitch, resulting in a Lance Berkman game-winning RBI-single over the head of center fielder Michael Martinez.
Roy Oswalt pitched five innings in his return from the disabled list, allowing just a run on seven hits while striking out three. Reliever Michael Stutes left the game after throwing only three pitches in the sixth due to an apparent oblique injury. Ben Francisco went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .218.
The event featured silent and live auctions as well as dinner served by local Philadelphia celebrities and sports heroes. Jenna won baseballs signed by Chase Utley and Moyer from the silent auction. We also had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Moyer and former Phillies Dickie Noles, Marty Bystrom and Andy Ashby, along with tennis great Billie Jean King. It was truly a wonderful evening for a terrific cause.
At the end of the evening, Moyer thanked everyone for coming and strongly hinted to Phillies president and general partner David Montgomery that he would be looking for a pitching job next year!
To learn more about The Moyer Foundation please check out their official website and also check out a recent profile on the charity as featured on ESPN's E:60.