The Cardinals beat the Phillies 4 - 2 tonight in eleven innings.
This game delivered just what was to be expected.
If the Phillies win and the Braves lose, the Phillies clinch the NL East division.
If the Cardinals win and the Braves lose, the Cardinals move to within 3 1/2 games in the NL wild card race.
Early into the game the Braves were losing 11 - 2 to the NY Mets.
The crowd knew what a Phillies win meant and the energy in the ballpark was electric.
Both team scored in the second inning and the game was 1 - 1 going into the 8th inning.
With one out in the top of the eighth inning Yadier hit a homerun off of the left field foul pole giving the Redbirds a 2 - 1 lead.
The Mets threatened to score in the bottom of the eighth but the score remained 2 - 1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
With two outs and no runners on base Ryan Howard hit a pinch hit double to right field. The next batter hit a fly ball to the corner in right field and the Cardinals right fielder dropped the ball allowing the tying run to score!
Extra innings came with the scored deadlocked at 2 apiece.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the eleventh inning and the Phillies threatened with the tying run on base in the bottom of the inning but did not score.
This was a great game/telecast to be a part of.
Two teams playing great baseball.
The ballpark was electric!
September baseball is either great, great fun or a complete drag.
For teams still in the hunt these games are exciting.
Take tonight's Cardinals/Phillies game - just what was to be expected.