Rapid Reaction: Phillies 9, Cubs 8
August, 6, 2013
By Jesse Rogers
Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday:
How it happened: New Cub Thomas Neal flew out to left field with the tying and leading runs on base in a wild ninth inning. Nate Schierholtz brought them to within 9-7 with a two-out, two-run single and then Domonic Brown dropped an easy fly ball hit by Starlin Castro to score Schierholtz, but the game ended there. It was back and forth early until it turned the Phillies way for good in a three-run fifth inning as Cubs starter Edwin Jackson couldn't hold an early 4-1 lead. After a walk to Michael Young, Chase Utley tripled to right and three batters later Darin Ruf homered with Utley coming home one batter earlier on a ground out. The Cubs scored four runs in the second to erase an early 1-0 deficit as third baseman Donnie Murphy hit a three-run home run, his first hit as a Cub. They added one in the third on Anthony Rizzo’s 18th home run. The Phillies had single runs in the first and second innings on RBI singles by Utley and pitcher Kyle Kendrick. They added two more in the third and single runs in the sixth and eighth innings as Young brought one home with a double as did Carlos Ruiz with a homer. Welington Castillo had three hits and a walk for the Cubs.
What it means: The Cubs broke out of some offensive woes only to have Jackson regress on the mound. His ERA had been coming down for over a month but ballooned back up to 4.96. He gave up 10 hits and seven runs in five innings ... Murphy may have found a home at third base for the near future as he provided more pop in one game than Cody Ransom had in more than a week.
Outside the box: Before the game the Cubs added Neal to their roster, sending down pitcher Eduardo Sanchez. He became the Cubs' 49th player used this season, four off the record set last year ... Cubs Double-A pitcher Eric Jokisch pitched a no-hitter for the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday in a 10-0 win over Jacksonville.
Next: The series at 6:05 p.m. CT Wednesday as Travis Wood faces Cole Hamels.