Phillies pitching thrashed by Cubs 15-2 in first game after break
The Phillies pitching staff, which included an appearance by backup catcher Garret Stubbs was thrashed for 19 hits by a pedestrian Cubs team, in a 15-2 loss in the first game back from the All-Star break.
Cubs (36-57) Beat Phillies (49-44)
- Winning Pitcher: Justin Steele (4-6, 4.02)
- Losing Pitcher: Kyle Gibson (5-4, 4.69)
- Save: n/a
Well…that’s not exactly what you had in mind for the Phillies heading into the second half of the season and a potential playoff push.
The game started out with a bang when Kyle Schwarber hit his NL leading 30th home run of the season with a 413 foot shot off Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele. Unfortunately for the Phillies offense that was the last run they would score until Darick homered to centerfield in the 9th inning.
In between the Cubs scored 15 runs on 19 hits, including 5 runs off back up catcher Garrett Stubbs in the 9th inning.
Kyle Gibson was cruising through 4 innings, having only allowed a solo shot to Wilson Contreras. But Gibson would not make it out of the 5th inning, as he allowed 3 runs and hurt himself with a throwing error before being lifted for reliever Jeurys Familia. Familia didn’t fare much better, giving up 2 runs on consecutive doubles by Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom.
Corey Knebel and Nick Nelson briefly put an end to the rout as they quieted the Cubs offense with 2 scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th but JoJo Romero was hammered for 3 runs on 4 hits. Garrett Stubbs took the mound in the 9th in an attempt to give rest to the battered bullpen.
Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty…Stubbs gave up 5 earned runs on 5 hits including two big home runs by Seiya Suzuki and Nelson Velasquez.
Hopefully, Bryce Harper has the pins removed from his hand and can spend more time hitting home runs in South Philadelphia than vacationing in Stone Harbor.
Kyle Schwarber hits his NL leading 30th home run of the season to lead the game off and put the Phillies ahead early.
Wilson Contreras ties the game up with a 376 foot solo shot to left field off Kyle Gibson in the 4th inning.
Cristopher Morel doubles down the left field line putting the Cubs ahead and then Kyle Gibson throws the ball into the outfield allowing the go-ahed run to score on a two-base error.
Ian Happ adds another Cubs run with an RBI single off Kyle Gibson in a disastrous 5th inning.
Nico Hoerner tacks on two more Cubs runs off Jeurys Familia.
Patrick Wisdom hits it beyond Kyle Schwarber’s reach adding another Cubs run to a huge 6 run 5th inning.
Darick Hall tacks on the second and final Phils run after the Cubs added 3 runs in the 8th inning and 5 runs in the 9th inning.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to bounce back in the second game of the three game series after getting demolished by the Cubs on Friday night.
Zack Wheeler (8-5, 2.89) will toe the rubber facing off against Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.69) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: Chicago Sun Times