Cardinals 5, Phillies 3
Game 56 - Thursday Afternoon, May 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 33-23, 1st place, 3 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies couldn't complete a comeback and early home runs allowed by Jerad Eickhoff led to a 5-3 series finale loss.
What It Means: The Phillies head out west next for some late night baseball, which means I'll do my best to at least watch a few innings each night.
What Happened: Eickhoff settled down to pitch 6 1/3 innings, but he exited with his team trailing 5-1. Bryce Harper continued to heat up, collecting three hits including a pair of doubles.
Featured Card: Had the Phillies swept the Cardinals, it would have been their first three-game sweep of the club in 13 years. Scott Mathieson, Brett Myers and Cole Hamels were the winning pitchers in that three-game sweep back in early August 2006. Catcher Chris Coste collected four hits in the 8-1 series finale win while Hamels allowed two hits and a run over seven innings of work while striking out 12.
Field Report: Tasked with organizing a group outing for my co-workers at my place of employment, I easily decided a Phillies business person's special was the way to go. About 60 of my co-workers enjoyed a pre-game happy hour at the High & Inside Pub behind Section 320, complete with a guest appearance from Greg Luzinski. We then enjoyed the game from our perch in Section 423.