Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NLDS Game 4: Phillies at Cardinals

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Busch Stadium hosts Game 4 between the Phillies and Cardinals.
The Cardinals played the Phillies incredibly tough yesterday, but there are no moral victories in October. Despite pounding out 12 hits, St. Louis managed to score only two runs during a 3-2 loss. Now Philadelphia is on the brink of reaching the NLCS for the fourth straight season, with the Cardinals desperately trying to send the series back east for a decisive fifth game.

Obviously, the Cards are going to need to be able to take advantage of whatever scoring opportunities they get against Roy Oswalt, the weakest link to the Phillies' dominant rotation (if there is one). Tony La Russa will have a bolstered lineup with slugger Matt Holliday starting for the first time this series after dealing with a hand injury.

St. Louis sends Edwin Jackson to the mound; the right-hander pitched well down the stretch, going 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA over his last seven starts. He'll need to hold Philadelphia's lineup in check tonight if the Cardinals hope to keep their season alive...

Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 6:07 p.m.
Radio: WSPZ (570 AM), XM 89
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 8 mph RF to LF
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
RF Hunter Pence
1B Ryan Howard
CF Shane Victorino
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Placido Polanco
C Carlos Ruiz
P Roy Oswalt

SS Rafael Furcal
2B Skip Schumaker
1B Albert Pujols
RF Lance Berkman
LF Matt Holliday
C Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
CF Jon Jay
P Edwin Jackson


natsfan1a said...

(pep talk on)Come on, Cardinals! The Nats have gotten to Oswalt in the past. You can, too.(pep talk on)

Oh, and GYFCG! (Wait. Did I just type that?)

Stan the Man said...


baseballswami said...

The Cardinals or the Phillies - can I just choose "none of the above"? I already did not get my wish that every series would go the full five games.

dryw said...

Swami, I miss the boys too! (referring to your post on the earlier thread) Maybe this time next year we'll still be watching them!!!

baseballswami said...

I must say that this game is - shall we say -- interesting...

natsfan1a said...

Told you, Cardinals. ;-)

natsfan1a said...

Dang, I missed it again. Every time I go upstairs to make dinner, that daggone squirrel comes out. :-)

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