Cardinals RF Allen Craig triples to lead off the 7th. He scored on Albert Pujols' base hit, representing the winning run. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Perhaps, Cliff Lee was left in a bit too long.
The 7th inning aside, Lee was slowly losing his early lead due to being overly comfortable. And as resilient as they showed in the final month of the regular season, the Cards chipped away, stealing Game 2 from the Phillies with a 5-4 win.
The Phils started out with a 4-0 lead after two innings but through the course of the game, the Cardinals slowly erased the deficit until the 7th inning with the game tied 4-4.
Charle Manuel arguably left in Lee too long, who allowed 10 hits and threw 101 pitches through the first six innings. He gave up a lead-off triple to Allen Craig. Albert Pujols drove him in on a base hit to make it a 5-4 Cardinals lead. After a Lance Berkman single, Lee’s night was done.
Brad Lidge entered and got the Phils out of the 1st and 3rd, no-out jam with an inning-ending double play but the damage was done.
Lee’s night was definitely not his best. He allowed five runs on 12 hits – which tied a career high from 2009 – and striking out nine in six-plus innings.
The Phillies were all over Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter. Carpenter was chased after three innings. He allowed three runs in the 1st on a two-run single by Ryan Howard and RBI single by Raul Ibanez. He gave up another run in the 2nd and though he settled down in the 3rd, the Cardinals went to their bull pen.
The Cards bull pen was blown up in Game 1 but held the Phillies bats to only one hit from the 4th inning on.
Playing the numbers game, Cardinals manager gave Ryan Theriot the nod at second base in place of Skip Schumaker. The move proved wise as Theriot ripped a pair of doubles and driving in a run. He also scored twice, which is big production coming from the 7th spot in the line up.
Jon Jay tied the game up in the 6th inning. He finished with two hits, driving in the Cardinals second and fourth runs.
2B: Rollins 2 (2).
WP: Dotel (1-0). LP: Lee (0-1). S: Motte (1).