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Phillies vs. Cardinals: Nolan Arenado lights up Phillies, Seranthony Dominguez suffers loss

Saturday in the park. I think it was the 4th of July.

It almost was by the time this one ended.

The Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals needed an interminable four hours and five minutes to settle things at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.

The July 2 affair started in the afternoon, ended in the evening, and the Phillies were 7-6 losers as Cardinals big third baseman Nolan Arenado hit two home runs, one in the first inning to spark a five-point rally. , and one in the top of the ninth to break a 6-6 tie.

“Wow,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said when it was over. “He’s hot.”

Indeed, Arenado is. He hit for the cycle in Friday night’s game, a Phillies 5-3 win.

Saturday’s loss was heartbreaking because the Phillies had a chance to gain ground on the Cardinals for the final wildcard spot in the National League. The loss took the Phils to 2½ games before Sunday night’s series finale. Zack Wheeler and Adam Wainwright will face off in a battle of the best right-handers.

The loss was also heartbreaking because the Phillies offense generated 12 hits and six runs – enough for a club to win – and the bullpen continued to shine until Seranthony Dominguez, who been exceptional all season, gives up the go-ahead for Arenado in the ninth.

“These guys kept fighting, came back to equalize twice,” Thomson said. “They’re down, 5-0, and they’ve equalized, 5-5. They’re down, 6-5, and they’ve equalized, 6-6. We just couldn’t take the lead, but I I’m terribly proud of the way they fought.”

Starter Kyle Gibson dug an early hole for the Phillies. Shortstop Bryson Stott had a great play behind the bag for the second out of the first inning. MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt then hit a slider that was off the plate for a hit to keep the inning alive. It sparked a spurt of power from the Cardinals – four straight homers by Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson.

No Phillies pitcher had ever cleared back-to-back home runs.

Gibson had never given up four in a game.

The funny thing is that Goldschmidt and Arenado both hit hard pitches, sliders down. Even Gibson was a little surprised by the success of Goldschmidt and Arenado on these grounds. Two big hitters knocked down the inning for St. Louis and left Gibson to fight an uphill battle.

“Goldy and Arenado hit good pitches,” Gibson said. “But two of the circuits were badly located. I have to execute throws.

“Two starts in a row, I put the team in a difficult situation at the start of the game, so I’ll try to work on that and be ready next time. I gave up two exits in both starts and that’s the most frustrating part. You have a chance to get out of the inning and you don’t.

In his previous start, Gibson allowed five runs in 2⅔ innings at San Diego, but his teammates came back to win the game.

They came back to tie this one with five runs in the second and third sets, two on a brace from Yairo Muñoz in the third.

The Cardinals took the lead in the fifth, 6-5, after Gibson got in trouble and left Corey Knebel with a goal-laden mess. Knebel walked running but mostly limited the damage.

The Phils tied the game again at 6-6 on a Nick Castellanos hit in the sixth inning against Junior Fernandez. Two innings earlier, Castellanos was knocked down by a pitch that escaped reliever Jordan Hicks. Hicks owns a triple-digit fastball, but the field that got away against Castellanos was a slider. From the bench, Schwarber was the exception and an innings later he and Arenado exchanged words after Arenado was grazed by a pitch from Gibson.

After the match, Schwarber said it was all a misunderstanding, boys being boys, contestants being contestants.

“I sort of lost my mind unnecessarily on the high slider,” he said. “I didn’t realize it was a slider. I just looked up and Nick was on the ground. I asked him if it was a fastball, and I lost it. Nolan looked and said it was a slider. I saw the video it was a slider. I said sorry. Then he got hit and just looked inside and said something so I’m just went over there and I said, “Hey man, I’m sorry I thought it was a heater. It was a slider.’ That was it. Just competing, the nature of the game. We go out there and play tomorrow. “

The Phils need a win to avoid losing their second straight series. Then it’s a day off for the fourth, three against Washington and four against those same Cardinals next week in St. Louis.

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