Cardinals Rally To Overcome 5-0 Phillies Lead. Wacha's Future In the Balance.

By Beth Chapman
Jun. 22, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha may have made his last start. At least for awhile, as he was retired after four innings pitched, looking at a 5-0 Philadelphia Phillies lead.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Another extra inning game for the Cardinals against the Phillies in Game Two. Cardinals Michael Wacha only gave up two earned runs; but, five runs scored in his four innings. He only issued one walk, logged three strikeouts among nine hits allowed to close what may be his last start in the Cardinals rotation?

In the month of June, Wacha now holds a 6.78 ERA, giving up a total 3 HR/14 ER/17 Runs. He has a 10-15/BB-SO ratio. He had gone six solid innings pitched against the Phillies at Busch Stadium earlier in the month. The Cardinals needed him to go deep in last night's game to help his campaign to remain in the rotation. This was his third game this month only seeing four innings on the bump.

However, there is a window of opportunity for Wacha to keep his place in the rotation alive. Per : "He remains 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA and poor 1.51 WHIP after 13 starts. He will take the mound on Monday for a make-up game versus the [Cincinnati] Reds. Jun 21 - 11:41 PM." That is the plan for the moment. He is penciled in for the .


Tommy Pham earned the Player of the Game. (1) His cannon arm in left field to take away, not only one, but two Phillies runs at the plate.

His throw in the ninth, against the speed of Adubel Herrera, Pham keeps the tie intact and saved a walk-off win by the Phillies.

(2) Pham slugs out two home runs. His first to open the scoring for the Cardinals in the fifth. And, to tie in the ninth to go into extra inning play.

In the tenth, the Cardinals go-head run was all on Phillies Edubray Ramos - Jose Martinez, advanced to third on a balk called; and, added the Cardinals run on his wild pitch. Yadier Molina added a RBI single for the 7-5 lead.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Phillies would put up a RBI single off Seung-Hwan Oh. He settled back in, got his final out for his 16 save; AND, to hand Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil his first win. Wacha received a no-decision for his short stand, which evidently, bought him at least one more start.

Along with Pham, Jedd Gyorko and J Martinez slugged a two-run homer and a solo-shot, respectively, for a total of four homers for the Cardinals 7-6 win.

Phillies Nick Pivetta, also receiving a no-decision, went 6 IP/2 HR/3 ER/1 BB while fanning 10 Cardinals from the hill. The Cardinals, in my opinion, accomplished quite the feat in their win. They had 17 strikeouts, along with three errors, and still came out with the win. Not something they want to do every game; but, for last night, it turned out to be all good.


May 2015 was the last the Cardinals overcame a 5-0 lead to get the win at home, which was against the Chicago Cubs. On the road, against the Phillies, the last was August 2014. A 6-0 run deficit win for the Cardinals, was August, 2000.


Cardinals Carlos Martinez (6-5/2.86 ERA) will face Phillies Aaron Nola (3-5/4.76 ERA). The Cardinals are looking to have their second sweep over the Phillies this season. And, Philadelphia will look to stay that possibility.


The power of the top two Cardinals hitters, Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler, just decreased to one. Fowler was pulled in the tenth due to a quad injury.

"Fowler was removed from Wednesday's game early due to left quad tightness, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Fowler was 0-for-4 with a walk before being forced out of the game in the tenth inning. It's unclear how long the injury may keep him sidelined, though more should be known as he is further evaluated Thursday. "()

If any length of time, will prospect Sierra Magneuris be recalled? Time will tell. However, quite the blow for the Cardinals. Fowler and Carpenter have been quite the duo at the top of the line-up.