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Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Cubs 2

4/5/2014

 

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs dropped to 1-3, losing their home opener 7-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies as the 100th anniversary season of Wrigley Field got underway. Here's a quick look at the game:

How it happened: Chase Utley had three RBIs on a home run and a single off left-hander Travis Wood, who lasted 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs. He was outpitched by Roberto Hernandez as the home team had some early success but their offense shut down after the third inning. Welington Castillo homered to left in the second inning to put the Cubs on the board then Starlin Castro's infield hit plated Darwin Barney in the third giving them a 2-0 lead. But a miscue by Luis Valbuena at third base led to a run for the Phillies in the fourth followed by the Utley home run the next inning. John Mayberry added a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the eighth to put the game away. Dominic Brown doubled home a run in the ninth.

What it means: There were curious lineup decisions all day long as power guys Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt and Junior Lake combined for three at-bats -- one each -- on a day when the wind was blowing out. Manager Rick Renteria said before the game they were easing Olt into the majors as he's sat twice in four games so far but with a lefty reliever on the mound he let Nate Schierholtz bat for himself in a one-run game in the sixth inning. He struck out. Castro continued a rough start, going 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and a double play grounder with two runners on in the eighth inning. His lone hit was an opposite field infield base hit. And the bullpen didn't do its job as every reliever gave up runs or contributed to runs scoring.

Bonifacio cools off: After collecting 11 hits in his first three games, Emilio Bonifacio only got on base via a walk. He was 0 for 3.

What's next: The Cubs and Phillies play Game 2 of the series at 1:20 p.m. CT Saturday featuring Jeff Samardzija against Cliff Lee.