RING IT: Phillies hit 5 home runs, beat the Cubs 13-3 at Wrigley
The Chicago Cubs lost nine games in a row entering last night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. They have now lost 10 games in a row. In what started as a tight game, the Phillies were able to take the lead in the sixth inning and then blow the doors off Wrigley with a six-run eighth inning to take down the Cubs in game one, 13-3. With the win, the Phillies moved into a three-way tie for second place in the National League East at 40-42. The Nationals, Braves, and Phillies are all 4.5 games behind the NL East leading New York Mets.
Matt Moore was on the mound for the Phillies and got off to a rough start, throwing 25 pitches in the first inning alone. Moore was able to work himself out of a bases loaded situation in the first inning and finished the night throwing four innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs, and two walks, while striking out four.
After letting up a home run to Jake Marisnick in the bottom of the second inning, the Phillies answered right back in the top of the third inning on a home run from Andrew Knapp to pull even with the Cubs at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third inning, Javier Baez doubled to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead, but the Phillies again, answered right back in the top of the 4th, when Didi Gregorius hit a golf shot home run to right centerfield to tie the game at two. With Moore finished after four innings, Connor Brogdon entered the game and pitched a squeaky clean two innings for the Phillies.
Brogdon went two scoreless innings, allowing zero hits and zero walks while striking out one. He earned the win and improved to 5-2 on the year. Brogdon event made a fantastic catch at a ball that could have shot up the center for a hit. Instead, Brogdon with cat-like reflexes snagged it as it was shot up the center.
In the sixth inning, Bryce Harper took a 3-2 fastball just below the strike zone. It was a ball, but Cubs’ manager David Ross decided to take the field to argue the pitch. From there, the Phillies blew the game wide open. Andrew McCutchen was fantastic for the Phillies, after leaving the game yesterday with an injury. Cutch had two doubles on the night, one of which was the a go ahead double that scored Bryce Harper to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Rhys Hoskins followed in the sixth with a single to score Cutch, and the Phillies were up 4-2.
Archie Bradley entered the game in relief of Brogdon and threw one scoreless inning and the Phillies beat up on the Cubs in the eighth inning scoring a total of six runs. Full Box Score >>
Alec Bohm walked with the bases loaded to score Andrew McCutchen in the eighth. Ronal Torreyes reached on a fielding error to score both Didi Gregorius and Rhys Hoskins. Then Odubel Herrera (who NBC Sports Philadelphia on Twitter still fails to acknowledge) hit a three run home run to put the Phillies up 10-2.
Archie Bradley, Jose Alvarado, and Brandon Kintzler combined for three innings, allowing three hits, one run (Alvarado), and two strikeouts in relief. The ball game was certainly over after the Herrera home run, but for a team like the Phillies who have been terrible inconsistent from the plate all season long, when the Cubs sent a position player to the mound in the ninth inning, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm both went yard to pile it on.
The unwritten rules of baseball don’t matter when your team has been miserable through the first half of the MLB season. Sorry. Hoskins tagged one with Bryce Harper on first base and Bohm added a solo shot to end the game with a final score of 13-3.
UP NEXT FOR THE PHILLIES
The Cubs will send a familiar face to the mound tonight in Jake Arrieta. On the season, Arrieta is 5-8 with a 5.57 ERA. He’s just the pitcher the Phillies should want to see after catching fire at the plate last night. Aaron Nola (5-5, 4.44 ERA) will be on the mound for the Phillies, looking to bounce back after a rough outing against the Miami Marlins last week.
It’s time to go on a run. RING IT.