How it happened: The Cubs hit Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick hard, scoring single runs in the first and third innings before breaking the game open with a three-run fourth. Ryan Sweeney drove in a run in his first at-bat since late June with a soft single in the bottom of the first. A double by Anthony Rizzo plated another run in the third before Darin Ruf got the Phillies on the board with a solo home run off Jake Arrieta in the top of the fourth. But then the Cubs went to work on Kendrick as Donnie Murphy, Brian Bogusevic and Welington Castillo opened the bottom of the inning with hits. Castillo’s double plated two runs. After tagging from second to third on a fly out to right, Castillo did the same from third to home on a fly ball by Darwin Barney as catcher Erik Kratz dropped the ball after the tag. The Cubs added two runs in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Luis Valbuena and sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro. Arrieta was on his game, walking only three, two of which came in the sixth inning. He limited the Phillies to three hits over 6⅔ innings before giving way to the bullpen.
What it means: The Cubs got the good Arrieta on Sunday as his control wasn’t an issue for the majority of the day. And when he did give a free pass to a batter, he got out of trouble with good pitches to the next batter. Twice he walked Jimmy Rollins in front of the dangerous Chase Utley, but Arrieta got Utley out three times, twice on strikeouts. He’s starting to fit into next season’s plans, as long as his control doesn’t become troublesome again.
Outside the box: With the calendar turning to September, the Cubs added only three players to their roster on Sunday. Their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa ends its season on Monday, so expect a few more bodies to join the team in a couple of days, including another lefty for the bullpen, Brooks Raley.