Instant Replay: Cardinals 11, Phillies 3


Instant Replay: Cardinals 11, Phillies 3


ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies played another poor game in losing 11-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Phils have lost four in a row. They have scored just four runs in their last three games. And they are now eight games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

The trade deadline is a week away and changes could be looming.

Starting pitching report
John Lannan failed to build on two straight strong outings. He allowed eight hits, two walks and four runs in four innings.

Lannan hurt himself in the fourth when he walked the opposing pitcher, Jake Westbrook, with two outs. Westbrook then stole second and scored on a hit by Matt Carpenter.

Lannan is 2-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 10 starts.

Westbrook held the Phils to three runs over seven walk-free innings.

Bullpen report
J.C. Ramirez got tagged for four hits and five runs in the fifth inning. Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings. Jake Diekman allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth.

At the plate
Carlos Ruiz drove in just his eighth run of the season with a single in the fifth. John Mayberry Jr. doubled home a run. Michael Martinez, called up earlier in the day, singled home a run.

Just one of the Phillies’ nine hits was for extra bases and they were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Shane Robinson drove in three of the Cardinals’ runs with a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning. Matt Adams also drove in three runs.

The Cardinals had 16 hits and were 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position.

In the field
It was a tough night for the Phils. Third baseman Michael Young could not handle a ball toward the line in the second inning. It went for a hit and eventually a run. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins could not handle a tough popup to shallow center. It hit off his glove and fell for a hit. The runner eventually scored. In the fifth inning, centerfielder Mayberry grossly misplayed what should have been a single into a three-run triple.

Health check
Domonic Brown is out for two days as he gets checked for a concussion.

Trade talk
Charlie Manuel is not feeling any deals.

Up next
The series concludes Thursday night with Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) opposing Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)

Jimmy Rollins salutes former Phillies teammate Ryan Howard

Jimmy Rollins salutes former Phillies teammate Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley were all drafted and developed by the Phillies. They came to the majors and became the best first baseman, shortstop and second baseman in franchise history.
And, of course, they were a huge part of the core of the team that won the 2008 World Series.
Time moves on and so do great players.
Rollins was traded in December 2014 as the team began a rebuild. Utley was traded in August 2015. On Sunday, Howard, the last piece from that championship season, will play his last game with the Phillies.
Rollins took some time Saturday to pass along some thoughts on his friend’s time in red pinstripes.
“When Ryan first arrived in Philadelphia, he was merely filling in for Jim Thome in the eyes of many, but he did not let that opportunity to shine pass him by,” Rollins wrote in an email. “He quickly became feared as he won Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive years and reached 200 home runs quicker than anyone in the history of the game. He loved the pressure and wanted to be the man at the plate when the game mattered most.”
The Phillies won five division titles from 2007 to 2011. Howard led the majors in homers twice and RBIs three times.
“During our run, we leaned on him many times for big hits and clutch home runs and he found ways to deliver,” Rollins said. “Ryan never stopped working to better himself and his craft, whether it was getting to the field early for extra defensive work or finding that sweet home run stroke. Although he hit a lot of them, he was more than just a power hitter -- he was a great teammate.
“We all hoped to bring more than one championship to Philadelphia, but without Ryan that one may not have been possible. So, many thanks to 'Big Piece' for being such a big piece of the best years of my career in the City of Brotherly Love!”

Today's lineup: Ryan Howard batting fifth again

Today's lineup: Ryan Howard batting fifth again

In his second-to-last game in a Phillies uniform, Ryan Howard will man first base and bat fifth against the Mets on Saturday afternoon (1:05/FOX).

Howard went 1 for 4 Friday night with a double. The first baseman has three home runs and five RBI in 44 at-bats against the Mets this season. 

Andres Blanco takes Freddy Galvis’ starting spot at shortstop and bats second. Galvis left Friday night's game with hamstring tightness. Blanco has not made a start since Sept. 16, but is batting .294 against the Mets this year.

Cameron Rupp catches and bats sixth for the second day in a row. Rupp went 2 for 3 on Friday night with an RBI. Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr follow Rupp in the lineup and man the corners in the outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Andres Blanco, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Phil Klein, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. James Loney, 1B
8. Travis d'Arnaud, C
9. Bartolo Colon, P