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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 4, Cubs 3

By Bruce Levine



PHILADELPHIA -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' loss on Sunday, their third straight.

The good: Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, off Phillies starter Roy Oswalt. It’s a positive sign for Ramirez who had two homers on the road trip after only having two all season. The Cubs executed a perfect hit and run in the first inning with Darwin Barney scoring from first on Starlin Castro’s double.

The bad: Lefty Sean Marshall appears tired, having pitched in four of the past five games. Marshall gave up the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Once again, a Cubs starting pitcher failed to get past the fifth inning -- though Doug Davis was able to hold Philadelphia in check, allowing just two runs while pitching out of a pair of bases-loaded jams.

Outside the box: Expect plenty of roster moves this week, with rehabbing players Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano all due back. Johnson will see team doctors on Monday after getting beaned on Saturday night.

Next: Ryan Dempster (5-5) takes on the Brewers’ Randy Wolf (4-4) as the Cubs return to Chicago for a seven-game homestand.