Cardinals vs. Phillies: Inanimate Object Helps Phillies Get Closer

The Phillies came into the eighth inning down by three runs and running out of outs. With Michael Martinez on second base, Chase Utley grounded a pitch down the first-base line.Right down the first-base line. Exactly down the first-base line. Enough to hit the bag, pop up in the air, and allow Utley to reach on a single. I could .gif that, but I'm running out of steam, so here's the same thing, just in a different game.


Pujols didn't put his hand on his hip all sassy-like, so this one's better. Trust me. But the play put runners at first and third with one out. Martinez eventually scored on a wild pitch to cut the Cardinals' lead to 5-3.

Ryan Howard came up as the tying run with two outs against left-handed reliever Marc Ryze ... Marc Rzypynsk ... Marc Rezyp ... Steve Kline, who struck Howard on three straight pitches.

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