(BaseballStL) – It was another short outing for Cardinals starter Justin Masterson against the Phillies on Sunday. He lasted only 3.0 innings as the Redbirds’ offense managed only one run against a mediocre pitcher in their 5-1 loss.
Masterson allowed runs in all three innings before being lifted to start the fourth inning. It was once again Nick Greenwood who came in to relieve Masterson. Greenwood also relieved Masterson in the 12-2 whooping handed out by the Orioles back on August 8th.
“It’s got to fix itself,” manager Mike Matheny said following the game, “He’s not happy with what he’s seeing here. He came into a good situation, wants to help us be better and had that one outing where we saw what we could get and it just seems like it’s so close to getting there. That’s the frustration.”
Greenwood threw three scoreless inning before giving up a two-run homer to Jimmy Rollins to put a cap on his afternoon and giving the Phillies a 7-1 lead. Matheny praised Greenwood’s pitches and movement as he allowed the manager to save his bullpen as the Cardinals head out for a three-game series against the Pirates.
On the other side, Phillies starter Jerome Williams punished the Redbirds as he allowed one run over 8.0 innings pitched and five strike outs. Williams has allowed two or less runs in his last three starts and he came up big for the Phillies as he successfully laid down a safety squeeze for a run in the second.
“[Philadelphia] need that badly over there,” Matheny added, “He stepped up and had a great game.”
Oscar Taveras extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits and the game’s lone RBI.
The bad news for the Cardinals is that the Brewers came back to beat the Pirates 4-3 and giving them 1.5 lead for the top spot in the NL Central.
“You’re starting to get the sense we’re getting closer to September,” Matheny continued, “and there is a push. They’re ready.”