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The Phillies Start Off Strong Defeat Cubs 7-1

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The Phillies Start Off Strong Defeat Cubs 7-1

The Chicago Cubs are on a stretch of games against some of the worst teams in major league baseball starting with the Phillies. Perfect for going on a run and stretching their lead in the NL Central. For the Cubs this season, it hasn’t been as simple as flipping a switch. The been a very streaky team full of nice win streaks paired with tough stretches of losses. Thanks to a Cardinals and Brewers loss, Cubs remain 3 games up on the second place team.

Game Recap Notes

Kyle Schwarber opened things off with a solo home run of Jerad Eikoff in the first, giving the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.

Bottom of the inning, hot-hitting Rhys Roskin hit a two-run home run. His ninth this season/career in only 54 plate appearance makes him the fastest to reach that, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Phillies put on a hitting display in the second which included a hit from their starting pitcher. Maikel Franco singled, Jorge Alfaro walked, and Jared Eickhoff singled to load the bases for their leadoff man. Cesar Hernandez hit a 2-1 pitch to center field for a bases-clearing triple. The next batter up, Freddy Galvis, singled to left field, scoring Hernandez. The Phillies lead 6-1.

Jose Quintana struggled early and left after the fifth. Quintana allowed 6 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7. He moves to 8-11 season with a 4.50 ERA.

In the 5th inning, Eickhoff loaded the bases, giving the Cubs a huge chance to erase the deficit. Ian Happ works the count 2-2 before swinging and missing on a breaking ball to end the inning. Eickoff’s night was done, went five innings, only allowing one run and striking out eight. Eickoff moved to 4-7 this season.

Maikel Franco hit is 18th home run of the season off Felix Pena in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead.

Phillies bullpen went four shutout innings, allowing four hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

Play of the Night

Hate him or love him, Javier Baez is one of the flashiest young shortstops in the league. In the 8th inning against the Phillies, Baez back tracked all the way into right field to make the last out of the inning on a Daniel Nava batted ball.

What’s Next

The Cubs have a 3.5 game lead on the NL Central and need to extend that while they face last place teams so they can rest in September. Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.52 ERA) will start for the Cubs and will face off against Phillies Ben Lively (1-3, 3.70 ERA)

Kyle Hendricks is still looking for his first win since May 24th despite his strong second half. Since coming off the DL, Hendricks has gone 0-1 (6 starts) with a 2.45 ERA (9 runs/9 earned) across 33 innings pitched, has allowed 35 hits, walked 11 and struck out 30. This will be his 4th career start against the Phillies, last was June 7, 2016.

Ben Lively is making his 9th career and trying to prove that he belongs in the starting rotation for years to come. Last start, he went six strong innings allowing two runs and striking out four San Francisco Giants.

tonight’ss game starts at 7:05 ET at Citizens Bank Park.