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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.
Vance Worley will be on the mound this afternoon at 2:20 pm eastern as the Phillies look to take the rubber game of their three game set with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Phils came from behind last night to beat the Cubs and restore their 3.5 game lead in the NL East after Atlanta was blown out in Colorado.
Cubs 2B Jeff Baker had to give credit where it’s due.
“They have the best record in the league, and there’s a reason why,” Baker said. “Even when we’re up, 2-0, we know it’s not a safe lead. They had no panic whatsoever. Cliff Lee is out there and getting hit around a little bit but still able to make pitches. They never really buckled. They bend, but didn’t break, and there’s a reason they’re the best team in the league.”
The Phils will look to give Worley more run support than they did Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee, who got just one run of support while in the mound in the first two games of the series. To do so, they will need to get to 34 year old Ryan Dempster, who has a 4.90 ERA against the Phils.
Worley himself is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA in his five starts since re-entering the Phils starting rotation. This will be his first career start against the Cubs.
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.
Outfield Shane Victorino will be activated from the disabled list and return to the Phillies' lineup as the team continues its series vs. the Cubs Tuesday evening. The speedster has been on the DL since July 4 with a sprained ligament in his thumb, but will provide the club with a needed offensive boost after Philly scored just one run against Chicago in the series opener on Monday.
On the mound for the Phils will be left-handed ace Cliff Lee, who's been dominant against the Cubs in his career. In his MLB tenure, Lee has yet to drop a starting outing against Chicago in five appearances on the hill, posting an impressive earned run average of 1.59. Against Lee in terms of pitching this evening will be righty Matt Garza, the former Rays World Series pitcher who last faced the Phils on June 11, when he allowed two runs in six innings.
Looking for his 10th victory after resting following a two-inning appearance in this year's All-Star Game, Lee allowed just one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts in his only other outing against the Cubs this year.
Philadelphia leads the season series vs. the Cubs 3-2 and remains two and a half games ahead of its NL East competitors for the division lead.
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Roy Halladay has been beating up teams lately, but he couldn’t beat the heat on Monday night.
With temperatures in the high 80s along with high humidity, the righty struggled to his shortest start in two years and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of that to grab a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series.
Halladay (11-4) came into the game 6-0 over his previous 10 starts and the Phillies had won all of those starts, but he was touched for three runs on seven hits and left in the fifth inning while facing Aramis Ramirez.
Sweating profusely and having already changed his jersey once, he worked the count to 1-1 before being pulled after a gathering at the mound of players, coaches and the trainer.
That broke a road streak of 63 games during which Halladay had gone at least six innings and it was his shortest start since June 12, 2009 when he was pitching for Toronto in a game against Florida.
The Phillies bring baseball's best record and one of the game best pitchers into Wrigley Field to face the Cubs, owners of the second worst record in the National League. The Cubs are 20 games under .500 at 38-58, which bests only the Houston Astros at 31-64. Roy Halladay, who hasn't lost since mid May, looks to become the NL's second 12 game winner tonight against Rodrigo Lopez.
Lopez, a former Phillie, last faced the club back in early June when he was still in the Cubs bullpen. He gave up no runs and two hits in three innings in a series in which the Phillies took three of four. In six career starts against Philly, Lopez is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA.
In his last outing against Chicago, Halladay threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine for the win. Prior to that start, he had been 0-3 against Chicago. It's fitting that Halladay will be pitching at Wrigley in his first post-All Star game start. He did the same last year and gave up six runs over seven innings. It's actually the third time in four starts directly after the break that Halladay has served up at least five runs.
With nine days rest, he will look to break that trend tonight.
One guy who has always dominated the Cubs is Ryan Howard, who owns an 18 game hitting streak at Wrigley Field. He is hitting .417 with 6 HRs and 15 RBI in his last nine games at the legendary park. He's also owned Rodrigo Lopez in his career going 6 for 11 with a HR.