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NLDS Game 4: Phillies at Cardinals

Oct 5, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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Busch Stadium hosts Game 4 between the Phillies and Cardinals.

The Cardinals played the Phillies incredibly tough yesterday, but there are no moral victories in October. Despite pounding out 12 hits, St. Louis managed to score only two runs during a 3-2 loss. Now Philadelphia is on the brink of reaching the NLCS for the fourth straight season, with the Cardinals desperately trying to send the series back east for a decisive fifth game.

Obviously, the Cards are going to need to be able to take advantage of whatever scoring opportunities they get against Roy Oswalt, the weakest link to the Phillies' dominant rotation (if there is one). Tony La Russa will have a bolstered lineup with slugger Matt Holliday starting for the first time this series after dealing with a hand injury.

St. Louis sends Edwin Jackson to the mound; the right-hander pitched well down the stretch, going 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA over his last seven starts. He'll need to hold Philadelphia's lineup in check tonight if the Cardinals hope to keep their season alive…

NL DIVISION SERIES – GAME 4
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 6:07 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: WSPZ (570 AM), XM 89
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 8 mph RF to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
PHILLIES
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
RF Hunter Pence
1B Ryan Howard

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  1. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    (pep talk on)Come on, Cardinals! The Nats have gotten to Oswalt in the past. You can, too.(pep talk on)Oh, and GYFCG! (Wait. Did I just type that?)

  2. Stan the Man - Oct 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Ouch.

  3. baseballswami - Oct 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    The Cardinals or the Phillies – can I just choose "none of the above"? I already did not get my wish that every series would go the full five games.

  4. dryw - Oct 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Swami, I miss the boys too! (referring to your post on the earlier thread) Maybe this time next year we'll still be watching them!!!

  5. baseballswami - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    I must say that this game is – shall we say — interesting…

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Told you, Cardinals. ;-)

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Dang, I missed it again. Every time I go upstairs to make dinner, that daggone squirrel comes out. :-)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
Through Friday's games

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