Rapid Reaction: Phillies 2, Cubs 0

April, 5, 2014
4/05/14
4:23
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By Sahadev Sharma
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs fell to 1-4 after getting blanked by Cliff Lee and the Phillies on Saturday. Here's a quick look at the game:

How it happened: The Cubs' inability to come up with the big hit doomed them once again. The Cubs had 10 hits on the day but managed to go 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and failed to cross home plate for the second time in five games. The Phillies jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Chase Utley hit a two-out home run in the first inning. Utley reached base four times and scored both the Phillies' runs, the second coming in the fourth on a Domonic Brown single.

What it means: The offense continues to struggle with men in scoring position (4-for-40 on the year), but there were some positives. Emilio Bonifacio once again produced at the top, going 2-for-5, Starlin Castro had his first multi-hit game of the season, delivering three singles, and Anthony Rizzo got a pair of hits off Lee, one of the better lefties in the game. ... Jeff Samardzija wasn't rewarded for a strong start. He went seven innings, allowing just two runs while striking out eight.

Outside the box: Jake Arrieta makes his first rehab start of the season for the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate, on Saturday night. If all goes well, Arrieta, who is working his way back from a sore shoulder, should make up to two more rehab starts with the hopes of returning to the Cubs rotation before the end of April.

Up next: The Cubs wrap up a three-game set with the Phillies as Carlos Villanueva makes his first start of the season for Chicago. Villanueva was used in the season's first two games, which went into extra innings, in relief and picked up the loss each outing. A.J. Burnett makes his second start of season for the Phillies.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167