Too Deep

Game One Hundred Seven – Cubs 6 Phillies 10
WP – J.D. Durbin (4-2) LP – Sean Marshall (5-5) Save – None

Sean Marshall has been one of the many bright spots this season for Lou Piniella but on Thursday he had a rare bad outing. Marshall labored through the first 2 innings and was lifted in the 3rd with 2 outs after he allowed a season high 7 earned runs on 9 hits. Marshall simply could not find a rhythm. He allowed hits to 5 of the first 8 batters he faced and threw 31 of his 66 pitches in the 2nd inning. Lou Piniella’s bullpen stepped in and held the Phillies at bay until the 9th inning. Rocky Cherry, Scott Eyre and Michael Wuertz did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings of relief. Once again the solid work of the bullpen gave the offense plenty of time to mount a comeback and they extended their scoreless innings streak to 21 1/3 innings.

The Cubs offense kept chipping away at the 6-run deficit. They pounded out 13 hits but left 11 on base and could not put together their signature big inning. For the second day in a row Derrek Lee hit two doubles, scored twice and Alfonso Soriano was 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored as well. Ryan Theriot reached base for the 27th game in a row with a 2-for-5 day and his RBI single in the 8th cut the Phillies lead to just a run going into the last inning. Will Ohman, however, gave up 3 runs in the 9th that sealed the victory for the Phillies and gave the Cubs a split in the 4-game series.

While the Cubs lost the game it was very refreshing to see Lou Piniella’s crew not give up. So many times over the years it would have been the exact opposite and the game would have been over well before the 27th out was recorded….but apparently those days are long gone, and it is about time.

Sean Marshall could not miss any bats and did not appear to be fooling anyone on the mound. The Cubs defense did not help with the error by Ryan Theriot in the 3rd and another misplayed ball in center by Jacque Jones. But Marshall has to be able to finish innings. In the 1st inning, Marshall retired the first two batters he faced just to see Jimmy Rollins reach and score with 2 outs.

The Phillies offense batted around 6 times, scored 3 runs in 3 different innings and recorded 16 hits. Jayson Werth was 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s out of the leadoff spot. Pat Burrell hit another home run, the only one in the game, and was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk and a RBI.

Rocky Cherry did have argably his best outing. The Phillies scored their 7th run after Cherry entered the game but the double by Werth should have been caught by Jacque Jones. Cherry retired 7 of the next 9 batters he faced and kept his team in the game….after the game Cherry was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Kerry Wood.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the 1st inning (the third inning in a row dating back to the 8th and 9th innings on Wednesday night) but came away with just 1 run. Alfonso Soriano singled to start the game but was thrown out for the 5th time on the season trying to steal 2nd. Derrek Lee doubled to left center with 2 outs. Lohse then hit Aramis Ramirez and Cliff Floyd, back-to-back, to load the bases. Mike Fontenot drew a bases loaded walk that forced in the first run. Jacque Jones then hit a line drive up the middle that went off of Lohse’s forearm to end the inning. Lohse left the game with a bruised forearm in the top of the 2nd when his spot in the lineup came to the plate.

J.D. Durbin was Thursday’s original starter and ended up taking the mound in the 2nd with his team up 7-1. Derrek Lee walked with 1 out in the 3rd to start the comeback. Cliff Floyd singled to right and Mike Fontenot followed with a double to right to cut the Phillies lead. Jacque Jones reached on an infield single in the hole at short to drive in Floyd from 3rd and the Cubs were down 7-3 at the end of 3.

Rocky Cherry led off the 4th with his first big league at bat. He grounded out but Soriano followed with a single. Derrek Lee then doubled to right on a 3-2 pitch that scored Soriano. Aramis Ramirez tapped back to the mound but the Cubs cut the Phillies lead to 7-4 at the end of 4.

Mike Fontenot walked with 1-out in the 5th. Jacque Jones blooped a single to shallow left. Koyie Hill grounded into a 5-6 fielder’s choice. With runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, Piniella pinch-hit for Rocky Cherry. Matt Murton singled to left to score Fontenot from 3rd and Soriano popped out to end the inning….at the end of 5, the Cubs were down 7-5.

Alfonso Soriano doubled with 1-out in the 8th and scored on Theriot’s single to center….at the end of 8, the Cubs were down 7-6 and appeared to be on their was for another dramatic comeback.

The Cubs finished their season series with the Phillies with a record of 3-4.

The Cubs will have their hands full this weekend with Ron Santo’s favorite team….the New York Mets. Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to take the mound against Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

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"There are only two seasons ... winter and baseball." - Bill Veeck

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