Game Ninety-One – Cubs 1 Phillies 10
WP – Rodrigo Lopez (2-0) LP – Ted Lilly (9-7) Save – Chad Durbin (1)
A day after the Cubs lit up the scoreboard in the Nation’s Capital they were brought down to earth by the defending World Series Champions. The Cubs four-game winning streak came to an embarrassing end as they were outplayed in just about every aspect of the game. One word could be used to describe Monday’s loss in Philadelphia … sloppy.
Ted Lilly had one of his worst starts of the year and left after four innings. Lilly gave up five runs in the first two innings, a three-run shot by Raul Ibanez and a two-run homer by Carlos Ruiz. Then the Phillies put the game away with a four-run fourth and Lilly did not receive any support from his teammates While the Phillies were making every play possible behind Rodrigo Lopez, the Cubs were watching balls fall between each other … and out of their gloves.
Ted Lilly allowed a season-high nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts on 96 pitches.
The Cubs offense had chances early on to make a game of it against Rodrigo Lopez, but they were unable to come up with a clutch hit when they needed it. The Cubs finished the night 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base. They managed only one run off of Lopez in six innings … a one-out RBI single by Ryan Theriot in the fifth following a leadoff double by Andres Blanco.
Jeff Stevens was one of the lone bright spots for the Cubs on Monday night. Stevens tossed two innings of perfect ball in relief of Ted Lilly. Stevens retired all six batters he faced with a strikeout on 24 pitches, 16 for strikes.
Angel Guzman pitched the eighth and gave up the Phillies’ tenth run of the night, an opposite field homer to Ryan Howard, his 24th of the year.
The Phillies won their ninth game in a row, their longest winning streak in over three years. Monday was just one game … but it was an ugly loss for Lou Piniella’s crew. The Phillies improved to 22-11 against left-handed starters after Monday night’s thumping of Ted Lilly. Lilly fell behind early and often in the first inning but nearly escaped without any damage.
Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a single to center on a 3-1 pitch. Shane Victorino followed with a double down the left field line. Derrek Lee made an excellent play on a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Chase Utley for the first out of the inning … Rollins and Victorino held. Ted Lilly struck out Ryan Howard swinging for the second out.
The player Lou Piniella reportedly wanted in the off-season stepped in and hit what ended up being the game-winner. Lilly attacked Raul Ibanez and got ahead of him 1-2. Ibanez took a very close pitch that could have gone either way for ball two … then Lilly left one out over the plate.
Raul Ibanez knocked his 25th homer of the year, a three-run shot to straight away center, 3-0 Phillies. Ted Lilly struck out Jayson Werth but the damage had already been done.
Pedro Feliz walked to start the second inning. Carlos Ruiz followed and ripped a 1-2 offering from Lilly over the wall in left for his fourth home run of the year.
The Phillies went in order in the third and down by 5-0 in that park against Rodrigo Lopez, there was a feeling the Cubs could still mount a comeback … but that changed in the fourth inning.
Jayson Werth reached with a leadoff walk. Pedro Feliz then hit a routine fly into left center. Kosuke Fukudome appeared to have a play on the ball, as well as Alfonso Soriano, but both players watched the ball as it fell in between them. Carlos Ruiz followed with a double to left that plated Jayson Werth, 6-0 Phillies.
Ted Lilly struck out Lopez for the first out, then Jimmy Rollins flied out to right. Micah Hoffpauir caught the ball in foul territory and held Ruiz at second as Feliz tagged and scored from third, 7-0 Phillies.
Shane Victorino hit what appeared to be an inning ending fly to left center but Alfonso Soriano dropped the ball. The ball hit off the heal of his glove and fell to the ground. Granted Soriano had a long way to go to make the play but it is a ball that a Major League outfielder must catch. Ruiz scored on Soriano’s eighth error of the year, 8-0 Phillies.
Chase Utley followed with a single to right. Victorino scored easily but Utley was tagged out as Derrek Lee cut off the throw from Micah Hoffpauir.
Tuesday is a new day …
Rich Harden will face his former teammate Joe Blanton in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.