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Cardinals Score Early, But Then Lose Charge And Fall To Phillies On Friday Night

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The Cardinals did their scoring early on but could not add on to their score as the Phils were able to get to staff ace Adam Wainwright just enough to defeat the Redbirds

Mitchell Leff

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Adam Wainwright wasn't "on" tonight, nor was he that bad. The Cardinals offense scored early and often, including a Matt Adams home run. But the offense quit after that, shut down. Jonathan Papelbon is still a thing, and he had the biggest leverage on this particular game.

The Cardinals had very little leverage on this game, since Carlos Martinez had the most with a .049 WPA.

Wainwright shouldered the load but was not good. He gave up a hit per inning over 6 innings, 4 runs, and uncharacteristically walked 3 batters. Not a very exciting game, despite a relatively robust 9 runs scored. They were all scored in a bunch though, and then it's like the power went out afterwards.

One thing I did like was that Sam Freeman was good tonight. But that's about it I guess. Gotta go and eat some Chicago pizza. Listen to the Swirlies!