A change of scenery and a new mission: Chase the St. Louis Cardinals. Entering tonight's game in Houston, the Phillies were three games back in the second wildcard. So, a four-game series against the Astros sounds like the perfect time to gain some ground, right?
The Phillies got the ball rolling in the second inning against Lucas Harrell. With Dom Brown on base, Erik Kratz hit an RBI double off the wall in left-center field. 1-0 Phils.
In the top of the third, they added three more runs to their lead. Ryan Howard hit a sac fly to center, scoring Juan Pierre. Chase Utley scored on a single from John Mayberry, followed by an infield single from Kevin Frandsen, scoring Mayberry.
Tyler Cloyd was looking pretty solid considering he was pitching on short rest...until the fourth inning. Cloyd had allowed two singled to Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro before former Marlin Matt Dominguez launched a looong three-run homer to left field. 4-3 Phillies.
After three innings, Cloyd was pu...