Phillies 11, Cardinals 4
Game 55 - Wednesday Night, May 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 33-22, 1st place, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The offense came through in support of Aaron Nola's fine outing, pounding the Cardinals 11-4.
What It Means: For the second night in a row, both teams had to wait out a lengthy (and occasionally scary) rain delay with this game starting around 8:40. The Phillies will go for the series sweep in a Thursday afternoon matinee.
What Happened: Nola (6-0) allowed four hits and a run in his seven innings of work, striking out eight. JD Hammer closed out the lopsided game with a perfect ninth inning.
Bryce Harper fell a triple short of the cycle, hitting his 10th home run, collecting his 200th career double and driving in four runs. Scott Kingery (3), Maikel Franco (8) and Andrew McCutchen (9) all homered in the fifth inning. McCutchen earned the unusual box score line of 1-4-1-2, collecting three walks and scoring four times.
Featured Card: Harper and Nola are this team's two best players, and if they get (and stay) hot, it could make for a fun summer. Harper's card is front and center within the packaging for the new team-issued photo card set, detailed in this post.
Transactions: Adam Morgan became the latest Injured List casualty, landing on the list with a left forearm strain. Yacksel Rios joined the bullpen in his place.