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Phillies Drop Fourth of Series 9-3, Move on to Miami Marlins

David Buchanan pitched 4.1 innings today, giving up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, and one strikeout.  Things didn’t go right for the young Buchanan early on in the game, where he gave up four hits in a row to the lead off batters of the Cardinals lineup.  David gave up two singles and two doubles to start the Cardinals off with a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Phillies offense put up a fight and started to work their way back to an even game after an RBI by Odubel Herrera in the top of the 2nd inning.  Buchanan came out in the bottom of the 2nd inning to throw 11 pitches and retire the side, only giving up a single to Pete Kozma.

With local pitcher Tim Cooney still in for St. Louis, the 3rd inning looked to be the Phillies inning.  Darin Ruf came out to lead off the inning with a solo shot just over the wall to make the score 3-2, Cardinals.  Following up Ruf was Ryan Howard with a double off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay.  Two batters later, Cesar Hernandez was able to get Ryan to third on a single through the right side, leaving it up to Cody Asche after a pitching change.  Cody was able to hit a flyout to right fielder Jason Heyward, scoring Ryan Howard and tying the score 3-3.

As I mentioned, the 3rd inning looked like the Phillies inning.  The Cardinals came out in the bottom of the 3rd to score two more runs on a Matt Adams two-run home run after Matt Carpenter walked to first base.  David Buchanan is able to make his way through the last of the inning and through the 4th inning unscathed before being removed in the 5th inning for Jake Diekman.  Buchanan gave up another walk to Carpenter and a double to Matt Holiday scoring a run before his exit in the 5th leaving the score at 6-3.  Diekman ended the inning on two strikeouts after giving up a single to Matt Adams.

Phillies offense was quiet for the rest of the game, giving no run support to the bullpen.  They were, however, able to see the first Major League triple of Cameron Rupp.

The bullpen session of Justin De Fratus and Luis Garcia that followed Diekman yielded four walks, three hits, and two runs over three innings of work.  The final score was 9-3 St. Louis.  The Phillies head to Miami to face the Marlins in a three game series starting tomorrow at 7:10 EST.


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