May 6, 2009

Phils flush half of Cards homestand

The 2008 World Series winners, Philadelphia Phillies, were back in championship form Tuesday night, handling the St. Louis Cardinals for a mini-sweep of two games with a 10-7 victory.

The loss kills off the first two games of a brief four-game home stand for the Cards, who have two games remaining against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday and Thursday at Busch Stadium.

Adam Wainwright suffered his first loss of the 2009 season, now 3-1 with a 4.08 ERA. Brett Myers improved his record with the Phils to 2-2, now with a 5.35 ERA.

Rick Ankiel was back in the Cardinals' dugout, bringing relief to a Cardinal Nation who was in a state of shock and worry over his head-first collision with the outfield wall just the night before. X-rays and a CT scan results were negative, according to the Cardinals. Ankiel had been released Tuesday morning.

Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak reported Ankiel may be ready for action in a few days.

Brendan Ryan, by his own accounted, believes he is about ready to return to duty. Ryan, however, is stuck on the 15-day DL with roughly half of that time to wait. He blames wet field conditions for his injury, and revealed his frustrations about the same in regards to the challenges of playing defense.

Khalil Greene pinch-hit in Tuesday night's game, returning to shortstop for the first time since a forearm injury worsened about a week ago.
Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, and Yadier Molina homered in the losing cause.

Wednesday night's probable starters are:

  • PIT -- Zach Duke LHP (3-2, 2.21)
  • STL -- Mitchell Boggs RHP (1-0, 3.29)

photo by Barbara Moore