Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bullpen Blows Late Lead; Ben Meets Bull

Cardinals 4Phillies 3 (11)
Game 123 - Friday Night, August 19th in Philadelphia
Record - 57-66, 4th place, 16 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeanmar Gomez blew the save and then the Cardinals took the lead for good in the 11th, as the Phillies dropped a tough one, 4-3.

What It Means:  This would have been a really nice win.  Adam Morgan pitched very well (6 innings, 1 run on 5 hits) and was in line for his first win since May 10th.

What Happened:  With the score tied at one, Odubel Herrera (13) and Freddy Galvis (12) hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.  The Cardinals tied it up in the bottom of the ninth when Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run off Gomez.  Randal Grichuk doubled home the eventual winning run off Frank Herrmann in the 11th.

Featured Card/Field Report:  I took in this game with my favorite six-year-old in the world, my youngest son Ben. Ben is still learning the game and he was full of questions the entire ride to the ballpark, the walk into the ballpark, the walk to our seats, waiting for the game to begin, watching the game, leaving the game and during a part of the ride home until he fell asleep.

He was very interested in the player's birthdays as they appeared on the scoreboard, and he was amazed that the game continued to be played in the middle innings despite the absolute downpour we were experiencing.  His favorite part of the game was the back-to-back home runs from Herrera and Galvis, although his favorite Phillies player is still Maikel Franco.  (His favorite non-Phillies player is still Ben Revere.)

As we were leaving, I spied a very lonely Greg Luzinski sitting in the corner of an empty Bull's BBQ and the Bull obliged us with a photo, hoisting Ben up on his lap.

Pre-game popcorn - where is everybody?
Ben confirming rainfall
Transaction:  In a somewhat surprising and seemingly unnecessary move, Emmanuel Burriss was recalled from Lehigh Valley prior to this game and Taylor Featherston was sent back down.

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1 comment:

Rob said...

Awesome pic with the Bull!