Recap: The Chicago Cubs fall 5-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. One night after hammering ace Roy Halladay the Cubs were looking for a repeat performance against Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton (2-3). Unfortunately for the Cubs, Blanton pitched seven strong innings allowing two runs, eight hits, and he also struck out eight batters. Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells (0-1) had a tough outing as he only pitched 3 and 2/3 innings. Going into the fourth inning, Wells had given up no hits, but things took a turn for the worse from there. Wells gave up four earned runs, three hits, and had four walks. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had a nice game going 2 for 4 with two runs, a solo homerun, and three RBIs. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins pitched in with two RBIs of his own. The Cubs as a team posted up eight hits, but were only able to score to runs. Cubs’ infielders Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro each went 1 for 4 with and RBI.
Impact of Loss: This loss drops the Cubs to 7-14 overall for the year. Prior to Saturday’s loss the Cubbies were winners of three of their last four games. Randy Wells had a performance that he would surely want to forget. With Ryan Dempster coming off of the disabled list in the next few days, this was probably the last start for Wells, baring any future injuries in the rotation.
Team Notes: Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro continue to be consistent forces in the Cubs lineup. Castro is second on the team in batting average with .337, and RBIs with 11. He also leads the national league with 10 stolen bases. Castro has gotten a hit in 9 out of his last 10 games, getting four RBIs in this 10 games stretch as well. First basement Bryan LaHair just continues to be productive for the Cubs. LaHair has four homeruns, 12 RBIs, and a batting average of .353 which all lead the team. Over the past 10 games LaHair has a batting average of .362, and has had at least one RBI in his last four games including Saturday’s game.
Looking Ahead: With the series split 1-1, the Sunday afternoon’s game in Philadelphia features Cubs starter Roberto Garza who is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.38. He will be going against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick who is 0-1 with an ERA of 9.39. The Chicago Cubs hitters will be looking put this loss behind them, regain form from the game one win, and get themselves back on track to potentially take a 2-1 series lead.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.