Cardinals vs. Phillies: Game 3 Still Scoreless After 3

Phillies 0, Cardinals 0

Cole Hamels gave up a first-inning double to Albert Pujols, a second-inning single to Ryan Theriot, and a third-inning walk to Allen Craig, but he's escaped all three situations with no real damage and Game 3 in St. Louis remains scoreless after three frames.

Still, Hamels hasn't been as sharp as he might like, and Phillies phans phears probably haven't been completely assuaged after a September that saw Hamels post a 3.79 ERA and give up nine home runs in six starts.

No real cause for concern, perhaps, but Hamels has already thrown 56 pitches, and Charlie Manuel might already be considering his seventh-inning bullpen options.

Meanwhile, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia has given up only two hits without a free pass, and might be making Tony La Russa wonder why he went with Chris Carpenter instead of Garcia in Game 2.

Nah, probably not. La Russa doesn't seem to do much wondering, retrospectively.

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