Rapid Reaction: Phillies 6, Cubs 5
August, 30, 2013
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday:
How it happened: Second baseman Michael Young's bloop hit plated Roger Bernadina with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to cap a Phillies' comeback from a 5-0 deficit. The Cubs have gone into an awful tailspin, losing 23 of their past 31 games. Phillies starter Roy Halladay surrendered a first-inning home run to Anthony Rizzo, his 21st of the season. Halladay gave up three runs in the fourth when Nate Schierholtz hit his 20th home run and Starlin Castro delivered a two-run double. Brian Bogusevic's RBI single plated the fifth run in the fifth inning. But the Phillies got to Samardzija with a four-run sixth inning. Kevin Frandsen, who tripled to lead off the sixth inning, homered off Samardzija with two outs in the seventh to tie the game 5-5. Samardzija allowed five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.
What it means: Chicago has lost four straight at home. The Cubs had scored just 10 runs in their previous five games. National League Player of the Week Samardzija had allowed three runs in 17 innings entering Friday's game.
Outside the box: The Cubs continue to show progress in their minor league system. The organization was informed on Friday that five Double-A players have been named All-Stars for the 2013 season: second baseman Arismendy Alcantara, third baseman Christian Viilanueva, shortstop Javier Baez, outfielder Matt Szczur and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Injured players on the mend Ryan Sweeney, Luis Valbuena and Rafael Dolis, have been assigned to Class-A Kane County to continue their road back to Wrigley.
Next: The Cubs continue their weekend series against the Phillies at 3:05 p.m. CT Saturday with a matchup of left-handers. The Cubs' Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64 ERA) will be opposed by Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07).