Game One Hundred Twenty-Seven – Cubs 11 Phillies 2
Where has this been all series? The Cubs had not had a lead in a game since last Saturday when they beat the Cardinals and had been out played the first 3 games against the Phillies, but not on Thursday. After surrendering a run in the 1st inning, Zambrano did not allow another until the 7th and the offense supplied more than enough runs for Z to pick up his 14th win of the season. Zambrano became the first 14-game winner in the NL, he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings, struck out 7 and walked just 1. Jae Kuk Ryu mopped up with 2 scoreless innings but the real story on the day was the offensive explosion.
The Cubs scored 11 runs on 13 hits and were backed by 4 home runs including back-to-back jacks in the 4th by Aramis Ramirez and Phil Nevin. The Cubs scored all of their runs in the first 4 innings, Zambrano went on cruise control and the Cubs avoided being swept at home by the Phillies.
Phillies’ starter, Cole Hamels, gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 2+ innings. The Cubs salvaged the last game of the series and of the homestand.
Juan Mateo will start on Friday in St. Louis against Jeff Suppan, the Cardinals could be tied for first with the Reds by game time, the Cubs could play spoiler to their long-time rival….wouldn’t that be great!!!!