Yes, the Phillies won their fifth game in a row last night thanks to the strong pitching (and hitting!) of A.J. Burnett. But the real story was the swarm of moths that invaded Busch Stadium.
The rain that delayed the start of the game must have attracted the moths to the stadium, and apparently they found the conditions to be hospitable. In the later innings, is seemed as if the bugs would soon envelop the players on the field.
I suppose that if the Cardinals can be helped out by a squirrel, it’s only fair that the Phillies be aided by some moths.
The swarm only seemed to help Burnett who was in control all night. His grandmother was in attendance, and this was the first time she had ever seen him pitch live. He certainly didn’t disappoint, giving up only one run in a complete game victory.
Burnett even helped his own cause in the fifth inning when his double drove in the Phillies first run of the game. He would go on to score on Jimmy Rollins‘ token one hit of the day. This was the 15th straight game in which Rollins has recorded one – and only one – hit.
The Phillies also got two hits from John Mayberry who is proving that he should be in the starting lineup every time the Phillies face a left-hander.
The teams will be right back at it this afternoon in a game that features a marquee pitching matchup in Cole Hamels vs. Adam Wainwright. It is yet to be determined if the moths will once again be in attendance.