Final: Philadelphia Phillies 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2 ❖ Attendance: 41,039
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Philadelphia Phillies (25-16) have won their third straight game and their first in a four game set against the St. Louis Cardinals (23-18). With the victory, the Phillies are now 17-2 against teams outside their division. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was very dominant. Over six and a third scoreless innings, the righty allowed five hits, walked two batters and struck out five. Velasquez went into tonight's game with an ERA over 5.00, and left with a 4.37 ERA. He has shown improvement from the beginning of the season and if he wants to remain in the rotation, he needs to keep it up. Seranthony Dominguez, who helped Velasquez finish the seventh inning, made history with his appearance in the game. He is the first reliever in recorded history (since 1908) to begin his career with five straight appearances in which he did not allow a hit, walk or run and recorded at least two outs. The slew of relievers that followed Dominguez struggled over the last two innings of the game, but ultimately got the job done.
The Phillies' bats didn't start to heat up until halfway through the game, but once they did, they made an impact. Odubel Herrera extended his on base streak to 43 games with a walk in the fourth inning. His streak is currently the fifth longest in franchise history and could be tied for fourth if he gets on base during tomorrow's game. Herrera's single in the seventh inning extended his hitting streak to five games, as well as his hitting streak against the Cardinals to 12 games. Carlos Santana's fifth inning homer gave him 17 RBI in the month of May. In the eighth inning, Pedro Florimón hit his first home-run since September 27, 2013.
WP: Vince Velasquez (4-4, 4.37 ERA) ❖ LP: Luke Weaver (3-3, 4.37 ERA)