Game 15: Cardinals 4, Phillies 3

Posted by Scott Wuerz on April 18, 2013 

The Cardinals seemed to do everything they could think of to lose the first game of their three-game set with the Phillies in Philadelphia.

But, even when they allowed a pair of hits to start the bottom of the ninth that left Philadelphia with runners at first and third with no one out while hanging on to a one-run lead, the Redbirds were able to hang on for the win.

The infield defense is getting really sloppy lately, giving the opposition extra outs with they seem to find a way to make the most of.

Ace Adam Wainwright didn't have his best start of the year. But he was relatively sharp in a pretty tough place to pitch.

Wainwright threw seven innings and allowed three (allegedly) earned runs on nine hits. He struck out four and still hasn't walked a batter so far this season. Wainwright earned the win when Carlos Beltran hit a timely homer in a tie game in the eighth inning.

Trevor Rosenthal came in and was hit squarely again, giving up two hits -- but no runs in a two-thirds of an inning. Edward Mujica got a four-out save, getting Rosenthal out of jam in the bottom of the eighth before getting into -- and out of -- his own in the last inning.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Catcher Yadier Molina came into the game with weak stats against Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels but managed three hits in four at-bats on the night including a controversial two-run double that gave St. Louis the early lead.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Carlos Beltran slugged an opposite field solo homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Birds a 4-3 lead after Philadelphia had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. It was the eventual margin of victory.

Lowlight: The Cardinals defense managed to avoid being charged with an error. But Matt Carpenter botched a double play, Pete Kozma let a key ball get under his glove up the middle and David Freese was unable to pick up and throw on a scratch hit down the third base line. Were they tough plays? Certainly. But they're plays that a major-league ballplayer needs to be able to make on a relatively consistent basis. The defense is going to have to improve if the Birds' winning percentage is going to get better.

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