Phillies 9, Cardinals 1: Vance Worley, Jimmy Rollins Bring The Heat In Wrigley

Jimmy Rollins belted home runs from each side of the plate and Vance Worley turned in another fantastic performance as the Phillies routed the Cubs 9-1 at Wrigley Field

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Phillies 9, Cardinals 1: Vance Worley, Jimmy Rollins Bring The Heat In Wrigley

Jimmy Rollins belted home runs from each side of the plate and Vance Worley turned in another fantastic performance as the Phillies routed the Cubs 9-1 at Wrigley Field to win their second straight series since the All Star Break.

With the heat index reaching triple digits, Worley came up the best performance of his young career throwing eight innings of 4-hit, one run ball striking out seven. He was really only in trouble once with the bases loaded with none out in the seventh, but he induced two straight ground balls to escape the inning with just a run. The 8 innings were a career high.

A lot of Phillies had good days at the plate, but none were better than Jimmy Rollins who was 3-5 with four runs scored, three RBI and two home runs. It was the 7th multi HR game of Jimmy’s career and his first of the season. It was also only the 4th time in Phils history that a guy hit a home run from both sides of the plate, it was second time for the switch hitting Rollins.

Cubs pitching was pretty bad all day. The Phillies had at least one baserunner in every inning save the fifth and scored in six of them. Starter Ryan Dempster lasted only three innings and gave up six runs.

The Phils get a day off tomorrow before heading home to kick off a 10 game home stand with a weekend series against the last place San Diego Padres.

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Phillies Stage Late Inning Comeback To Beat Cubs 4-2

Two-run doubles from Chase Utley and Michael Martinez in the 8th and 9th respectively highlighted a late inning Phillies comeback as they beat the Chicago Cubs in the second of their three game series at Wrigley Field.

The home team got off to a quick lead as Starlin Castro belted a 2-run homer off Cliff Lee in the first inning. Lee and the Phils bullpen would blank the Cubs from that point on, but until the 8th the offense was unable to do anything about it. Cubs starter Matt Garza went seven strong innings giving up just four hits, the last of which was a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the 8th. That would end Garza’s night as Cubs skipper Mike Quade opted to being on Sean Marshall. That would prove to be a mistake.

Marshall served up a single to Michael Martinez and a double to Chase Utey, blowing the lead and tying the game at two. After getting out of the inning, Marshall stayed in to pitch the ninth and after getting the first two batters out, gave up back to back singles to Rollins and Francisco before Michael Martinez smacked a two run double to give the Phils the lead.

Antonio Bastardo came on and struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his seventh save of the year.

Vance Worley takes the hill against Ryan Dempster tomorrow afternoon in the rubber game of the series.

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