Bohm, Wheeler spark Phillies to 2-0 win over Cardinals
Alec Bohm hit two solo home runs, Zach Wheeler outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Friday night.
Bohm homered 419 feet to center field to lead off the sixth inning for the Phillies’ first run. He hit his sixth homer of the season into the left field seats with two outs in the eighth for his first career multihomer game.
The first of a four-game series began with a 56-minute rain delay.
'The Phillies won for the sixth time in eight games, and the Cardinals have lost seven of their last eight.
Wheeler (8-4) duplicated his performance from Sunday night against St. Louis by pitching seven scoreless innings. He limited the Cardinals to five hits with one walk and struck out five. Seranthony Domínguez pitched the eighth, and Brad Hand came in for the ninth to get his fourth save in five opportunities.
The 40-year-old Wainwright (6-7) pitched nine innings for his longest outing this season. He allowed five hits and struck out three with no walks.
He made his fifth consecutive start without Yadier Molina behind the plate. The last time Wainwright made five starts without Molina was a six-start stretch from July 14-Aug. 10, 2019, when Molina was out with a right thumb tendon sprain. Molina, who has been behind the plate for 316 of Wainwright’s career starts, has been sidelined since June 15.
GOLDSCHMIDT IS ALL-STAR STARTER
Paul Goldschmidt has been voted as starter at first base for the National League, beating New York Mets star Pete Alonso in the two-person voting finals. Goldschmidt garnered 67 percent of the vote for a spot in the starting lineup at the 92nd Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19.
It is Goldschmidt’s first time to be chosen as a member of the Cardinals and first since 2018. He was voted to the team in his previous six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
PUJOLS IS LEGACY SELECTION
Albert Pujols was added to the National League’s All-Star roster as a legacy selection for the 92nd Midsummer Classic. Pujols will be the 33rd player for the National League. The All-Star selection is the 11th in Pujols’ career. Pujols is MLB’s oldest active player at 42.
Phillies: Recalled RHP Michael Kelly from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... LHP Bailey Falter was optioned to Lehigh Valley. ... LHP Kent Emanuel was activated from the 60-day Injured List and optioned to Lehigh Valley. To make room for Emanuel on the 40-man roster, the club designated LHP Sam Clay for assignment.
Cardinals: Activated LHP Génesis Cabrera (COVID-19) from the IL. ... RHP James Naile was optioned to Triple-A Memphis and Redbirds RHP Angel Rondón was designated for assignment. Cabrera, who threw a live bullpen on Tuesday in Atlanta, has missed the previous 12 games since June 25.