On Wednesday night, the Cardinals continued to rake with runners in scoring position, while the Phils simply played all-around bad baseball.
The sentence above translated into the Phillies’ fourth straight defeat, an embarrassing 11-3 loss to St. Louis in which things slowly unraveled before snowballing.
With no men on and the Phils trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning, John Lannan allowed a two-out walk to Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook. The St. Louis starter then easily stole second base — his second of his career — and was knocked in on the next pitch by a Matt Carpenter single.
The play pretty much summed up the Phillies’ night.
And so did this one: With two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning — and the Phils hanging on for dear life, down 6-1 — Shane Robinson served a fly ball to shallow center field. John Mayberry Jr. made a diving attempt but came nowhere close as the ball bounced past him for a bases-clearing triple.
Mayberry’s head-scratching dive busted the game wide open.
Lannan went just four innings because he was lifted for a pinch-hitter with the Phillies threatening in the top of the fifth inning. Behind 4-1 with two runners aboard, the Phils used John McDonald, who promptly ended Lannan's outing by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Yes, it was a frustrating evening.
The clutch Cardinals (61-37) entered the game hitting an MLB-best .337 with runners in scoring position and went 9 for 20 (.450) on Wednesday to hammer the Phillies (49-52), who finished 2 for 10 (.200) in those situations. The Phils are now 3 for their last 29 (.102) with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies are 1-4 on their important nine-game road trip and look to salvage the final game of their series with the Cardinals when they take on St. Louis Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) opposes Cardinals righty Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13).