33 games in 31 days: Game #22: The Phils are shutout as they lose to the Cardinals, 5-0.

After clinching the East, the Phils are shutout by the Cardinals as they lose, 5-0.

The Cards took a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run, his thirty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Allen Craig, who had earlier doubled. The Cards added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Craig hits a two-run home run of his own, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had led off the inning with a double, giving the Cards a 4-0 lead. The Cards made it a 5-0 lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Craig hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second of the night. That would be the final score as the Phils went silently in the ninth.

Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while he struck out nine. Joe Blanton pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two.  Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning as he made his major league debut, giving up a walk. Chris  Carpenter (10-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, all singles, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Placido Polanco and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense was muzzled by Chris Carpenter, who got himself out of trouble with three doubleplay balls.

The Phils (98-53, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cardinals (83-69, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 14, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils 1-0 win. Roy will be going for win no. nineteen, while trying to tie up the series with the redbirds. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (13-8, 3.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 12, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to give the Cards the series win. The Phils will be trying to tie up the series, while going for win no. 99.

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