October 03, 2011
Score and situation: The St. Louis Cardinals landed a shocking 5-4 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in NLDS Game 2 on Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park. The victory evens the series at one as it heads to St. Louis.
Leading lads: Allen Craig(notes) led off the top of the seventh with a triple off the center field wall. One batter later, Albert Pujols(notes) singled him home for a 5-4 lead and Tony La Russa's genius would take over from there. The St. Louis manager used four pitchers to get three outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and closer Jason Motte(notes) got the final four outs without the Phillies ever really threatening. John Jay also contribute two separate RBI singles.
Head hanger: The second half of the Roy Halladay(notes)-Cliff Lee tandem didn't go exactly as it was planned. Lee coughed up the Phillies' early 4-0 lead, allowing five runs over six innings of work. Combined with his struggles in last year's World Series, Lee has now allowed 14 earned runs over his last 17.2 innings in the postseason.
Key play: With two outs in the sixth inning, Ryan Theriot(notes) tied the game by rounding third on a Jay single and sliding safely under Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes). The run erased Lee's cushion and threw momentum on the side of the redbirds.
What they'll be talking about: Combine Lee's loss with the Eagles' debacle and Philly sports radio won't have any shortage of callers on Monday. But now that the chances of a sweep are gone, the Phils' focus will have to swing toward recapturing homefield advantage in the series by stealing a game at Busch Stadium.