Cubs Lose the Slugfest in Philly, Drop Fifth in a Row – Cubs 8, Phillies 9

Game One Hundred Twelve – Cubs 8, Phillies 9

WP – Kyle Kendrick (10-8) LP – Edwin Jackson (7-12) Save – None

The Cubs finally scored a few runs but Edwin Jackson could not keep the Phillies off the board and the Cubs dropped the opener in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Cubs actually took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the third inning before the Phillies scored seven answered runs and built a 9-5 lead.

The Cubs fought back in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon and made it a one-run game after Nate Schierholtz (3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored) delivered a two-run single with two outs and scored when Domonic Brown dropped a routine fly off the bat of Starlin Castro (1-for-5). A wild pitch moved Castro to third and a walk to Welington Castillo (3-for-4 with a RBI, a run scored and a walk) put runners on the corners with two outs. With the Cubs down 9-8 and the tying run on third, Thomas Neal made his Cubs’ debut and flied out to Brown in left center to end the game.

The Cubs were not able to complete the comeback against Jonathan Papelbon and dropped their fifth game in a row. The Cubs are now 14 games under .500 for the first time this season.

Tuesday night was a slugfest early on between two teams that were having trouble scoring runs. Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies’ pen were able to keep the Cubs off the board after the third inning while the Phillies just kept hitting and hitting and hitting.

Edwin Jackson had his worst outing since April. Jackson struggled with his command, pitched from behind in the count for a majority of his outing and appeared to have little to no confidence on Tuesday night. Jackson was all over the place and his outing was reminiscent of one from early in the season and not in July.

Edwin Jackson was charged with seven runs, the most runs he’s allowed in a single start since April 30, after he allowed seven earned runs the entire month of July. Jackson surrendered 10 hits, walked two, struck out two and uncorked a wild pitch. Jackson threw 92 pitches, 51 for strikes, in just five innings.

The Cubs pen was not much better. Hector Rondon surrendered a run on two hits in the sixth before recording the Cubs only 1-2-3 inning of the night in the seventh. Michael Bowden served up a two-out home run to Carlos Ruiz in the eighth that proved to be the difference in the game. The Phillies scored nine runs on 13 hits against Cubs’ pitching on Tuesday night.

The Cubs’ offense had a good game on Tuesday but could not outhit their own pitching staff. Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz each collected a three-hit game while Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a home run) hit his 18th longball of the season in the third inning and passed Alfonso Soriano for the team lead in home runs. David DeJesus (1-for-5 with a double and a run scored) doubled and scored in the ninth after having another rough game in the field.

Donnie Murphy (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) hit his first big league home run since July 31, 2012 and his three-run shot in the second gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead at the time.

The Cubs scored eight runs on 12 hits and while they worked counts all night long, the Cubs managed only one walk.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 49-63 on the season.

The Phillies jumped on Edwin Jackson in the first inning after Kyle Kendrick retired the Cubs in order to start the game. Michael Young led off the first with a double to center. David DeJesus initially misplayed the ball then could not recover. The ball hit off his glove and Young ended up at second. Chase Utley ripped a single into left. Young scored, 1-0 Phillies. Jimmy Rollins rolled one out to second. Barney fielded the ball and tagged Utley for the first out. Rollins took over at first. Domonic Brown worked a full count before ripping a single into center. Rollins was running with the pitch and advanced to third on the play. With runners on the corners and one down, Darin Ruf hit a liner to short with Brown running from first. Starlin Castro snagged the ball and threw to first to complete the double play. Jackson threw 14 pitches in the first inning, eight for strikes.

Nate Schierholtz led off the second with the Cubs’ first hit, a double to right. Starlin Castro put together a good at bat and flied out to right on a 3-2 pitch. Schierholtz tagged and advanced to third on the play. With the infield halfway, Welington Castillo pulled a 2-1 pitch toward third. Cody Asche fielded the ball and threw home. Schierholtz slid in just ahead of Ruiz’s tag … and scored the Cubs’ first run since Friday (24 innings) and tied the game at one. With Castillo at first, Sveum called for a hit and run with Barney at the plate. Ruiz was called for interference and the Cubs had two on with one down.

Donnie Murphy stepped in and pulled a 1-2 pitch to deep left. Murphy’s first homer of the season and his first since last July 31 put the Cubs up 4-1. Jackson flied out to left and Kendrick caught DeJesus looking at a 0-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Phillies started chipping away at the Cubs lead in the bottom of the second. After Mayberry tapped back to Jackson to start the inning, Cody Asche worked a full count before driving a double to right. Asche’s first double of his big league career. Carlos Ruiz grounded out to third and it looked like Jackson was going to get out of the inning. But Kyle Kendrick singled to right and drove in Asche with the Phillies’ second run. A wild pitch on the first offering to Michael Young advanced Kendrick into scoring position. Jackson caught Young looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning. Jackson threw 33 pitches, 20 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The Cubs led 4-2 after two innings.

Anthony Rizzo got the run right back in the third. Rizzo hit his 18th longball of the year with one out and gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Nate Schierholtz reached on a broken bat, infield single to first. After Castro flied out to deep left, Welington Castillo drove a 0-1 pitch back up the middle. Rollins dove and knocked the ball down. With runners on first and second with two down, Barney flied out to right for the third out.

Chase Utley led off the third with a single to right. Jimmy Rollins blooped a single into right center. Utley read it perfectly and advanced to third with one out. Rollins swiped second on a 1-2 pitch to Domonic Brown. Brown grounded a 3-2 pitch back up the middle that Castro snared in the shift and threw to first for the out. Utley scored as Rollins advanced to third and cut the Cubs lead to 5-3. Darin Ruf followed and drove a 1-2 pitch into the gap in right center. Rollins scored easily and cut the Cubs lead to 5-4 … but Barney completed a perfect relay and cut down Ruf at third for the second out. Jackson retired Mayberry on a flyout to Schierholtz to end the inning. Jackson threw 53 pitches, 33 for strikes, over the first three innings.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth and Jackson faced the minimum in the fourth after Carlos Ruiz rolled into a 5-4-3 double play and Kendrick struck out swinging to end the inning. Jackson needed 65 pitches, 38 for strikes, to complete four innings on Tuesday night.

The Cubs went down in order in the fifth and Edwin Jackson took the hill for the fifth clinging to a 5-4 lead.

Edwin Jackson walked Michael Young to start the fifth. Chase Utley then drove a 1-0 pitch to deep center. David DeJesus misplayed another ball. Young scored, tied the game at five and Utley ended up a third with a triple … and just missed an inside-the-park home run. With the infield in, Rollins hit a chopper up the middle that Barney fielded and threw to Rizzo for the first out. Jackson fell behind Domonic Brown 2-0 before getting one over. With the infield still in, Brown rolled a 2-1 pitch up the first baseline. Rizzo had no play at the plate and tagged Brown for the second out as Utley scored the go ahead run.

Darin Ruf then gave the Phillies a two-run lead. Ruf launched a 3-1 pitch from Jackson into the stands beyond the left field wall. Ruf’s fourth longball of the season gave the Phillies a 7-5 lead. Mayberry Jr. grounded a 3-2 pitch to Rizzo to finally end the fifth inning.

After the Cubs failed to score in the sixth, the Phillies added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth off Hector Rondon. Cody Asche singled to right (2-1 pitch). Ruiz bunted Asche to second. Rondon retired pinch-hitter Delmon Young on a grounder to Castro for the second out. But Rondon could not get through Michael Young. Rondon fell behind Young (3-1) and the veteran hitter made him pay. Young doubled to right. Asche scored, 8-5. Rondon struck out Utley swinging to end the inning.

The game remained 8-5 through the seventh inning.

The Cubs put two on with one out in the eighth but came away empty and Carlos Ruiz took Michael Bowden deep with two out in the eighth … and gave the Phillies a 9-5 lead.

Logan Watkins led off the ninth with a single to right center off Jonathan Papelbon. David DeJesus followed with a double off the wall in right. Watkins held at third with no outs. Papelbon struck out Lake and Rizzo swinging for the first two outs of the inning.

Nate Schierholtz delivered a single to center. Watkins and DeJesus scored and cut the Phillies lead to 9-7. Starlin Castro worked a full count before lifting a fly into left center. Brown ranged over and dropped the ball. Schierholtz scored, 9-8 Phillies. Castro ended up a second with the tying run.

A wild pitch with Castillo at the plate advanced Castro to third. Welington Castillo walked and put runners on the corners with two outs.

Thomas Neal made his Cubs’ debut and flied out to Domonic Brown in left center to end the game.

Travis Wood faces Cole Hamels on Wednesday night.

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