The red birds were left feeling blue after their little visit to Philly. After being swept by the Astros, the Cardinals came into this big series a little hungry. They even gained a big bat in Matt Holliday in a trade prior to the series. They also took command of game one, beating up JA Happ en route to an 8-1 victory. But that was it. The Cardinals awoke the angry beast known as the Phillies’ offense and they completely dominated the Cards to win the next two games.
Friday – Cardinals won 8-1: The Cardinals finally solved the young phenom, JA Happ. He was pitching well until the sixth inning, where he saw his last action, giving up five runs in six innings pitched. Holliday made his presence known with a four-hit night.
Saturday – Phillies won 14-6: When Jimmy Rollins hits, everyone hits. J-Roll went 2-5 with a grand slam and Shane Victorino had a four-hit night as Rodrigo Lopez pitched a solid outing to give the Phillies the boost they needed to right the ship that sunk the previous night.
Sunday – Phillies won 9-2: The Phillies powered their way to a big win with four homers coming from Rollins, Victorino, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez. Joe Blanton pitched a brilliant gem, going eight strong innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk.
Shane Victorino: 8-13, 5 runs, double, homer, 3 RBI’s
Joe Blanton: 8 IP, 7 H, BB, 2 ER, 6 K
Ryan Howard: 6-12, 2 runs, 2 doubles, homer, 5 RBI’s
Next Series: Philadelphia Phillies (56-40, 29-15 on road) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56, 23-31 at home)
This should be a cake series as the Diamondbacks pretty much stink. This is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. Much like San Diego, the D’Backs have only one real bright spot in Josh Upton, who’s batting .296 with 18 homers. Mark Reynolds leads the team in homers with 26.
The Phillies are the best team on the road. The D’Backs are 14th in batting in the NL while the Phillies are 5th. As far as scoring, the Phillies own the top spot with Arizona at 6. Phillies are easily the better team. They should and will sweep.
7/27: PHI: Moyer (9-7, 5.65), ARI: Garland (5-9, 4.41)
7/28: PHI: Hamels (6-5, 4.66), ARI: Haren (10-5, 2.14)
7/29: PHI: Happ (7-1, 2.97, ARI: Petit (0-5, 7.68)