ST. LOUIS – Jose Quintana gets the Game 1 call and delivers. The southpaw begins postseason with 5.1 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in a pitcher’s duel to start the Wild Card Series.
Quintana stretched out to 75 pitches in the outing and struck out three. He allowed only two hits and one walk. Quintana escaped two jams with runners in scoring position, including one in the fifth inning where the Phillies could not capitalize on a leadoff double from Alec Bohm.
“I love the way he competed. Everything you would expect out of the guy in Game 1. Mixed his pitches, kept guys off balanced. Exactly what you would expect out of Q.”
Quintana finished his day by stirking out Phillies slugger and NL home run leader Kyle Schwarber. It’s the only hitter he had a chance to face three times in the order.
“It was a great matchup, tough game, inning-by-inning,” said Quintana. “I controlled the ball really [well]. It was a great battle out there.”
The Cardinals had a 2-0 lead entering the ninth inning, but after Ryan Helsley departed with some finger concerns. The Phillies rallied for six consecutive runs and St. Louis couldn’t overcome the late rally.
Jordan Hicks entered the game with one out in the sixth inning. He and Giovanny Gallegos had scoreless outings before paving the way to Ryan Helsley with a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning.
The winner of the Cardinals-Phillies Wild Card Series will advance to take on the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series next week. The Phillies now hold a 1-0 series lead and just need one more to advance. First pitch is set for 7:37 p.m. CT Saturday.