Fold: Cards bullpen collapses in 8th

We’ve seen some  bizarre moments in this 2011 Phillies season. Tonight’s game was no different.

The Cardinals sent five different relievers to the mound in the eighth inning against the Phillies.  They gave up nine runs as the Phillies cruised to a 10-2 victory.

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte reacts after hitting Ryan Howard and loading the bases in the 8th inning. The Phils, trailing 2-1 heading into the inning, scored nine runs and won 10-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The eighth inning began looking very bleak for the Phillies as the Cardinals had just taken the lead on a Skip Schumaker sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead.

Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a fly out to Matt Holliday. Then the Phillies luck drastically changed.

Shane Victorino singled off Trever Miller and Chase Utley followed with a walk. Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco were hit by pitches which forced in the tying run.

As the Cardinals had a left-handed reliever in the game, Charlie Manuel pulled back would-be pinch hitter Domonic Brown and instead went with Ben Francisco. Francisco did not disappoint as he singled home Utley to give the Phillies the lead.

They did not look back as they sent 14 hitters to the plate in the inning. They scored nine runs on five hits with four walks sprinkled in.

It was a baffling sequence as the Cardinals relievers just couldn’t seem to find the strike zone. The Phillies sure took advantage as they went on to record the easy victory.

Rollins and Utley had two RBIs apiece in the win. Roy Halladay only gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work.

NOTE: Placido Polanco was hit by a pitch on his hand. He was immediately lifted from the game in favor of Wilson Valdez. We should know more about the severity tomorrow.

WP: Stutes (2-0). LP: T. Miller (0-1).



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