Samardzija Squanders Away a Win – Cubs 5, Phillies 6

Game One Hundred Thirty-Four – Cubs 5, Phillies 6

WP – B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) LP – Kevin Gregg (2-4) Save – Jonathan Papelbon (23)

Jeff Samardzija took a two-hit shutout and a 5-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning. The Phillies scored four runs in the sixth, tied it in the seventh and won the game in the ninth against Kevin Gregg … and the Cubs lost yet another game in which they had a lead in on Friday afternoon.

Jeff Samardzija was in full control over the first five innings and after the offense handed him a five-run lead, the Cubs appeared to be in line for a win. But Kevin Frandsen led off the sixth with a pinch-hit triple and Samardzija was never the same.

Samardzija gave up four runs in the sixth, with the big blow coming off the bat of Chase Utley, a two-run triple that cut the Cubs lead to 5-3. Samardzija survived the sixth and started the seventh clinging to a one-run lead. But Kevin Frandsen tied the game at five with a solo shot in the seventh with two outs. Samardzija gave up a double to Michael Young and walked Jimmy Rollins before Dale Sveum went to his pen.

Jeff Samardzija turned a tie game over to the pen with two outs in the seventh inning after allowing at least five earned runs for the sixth different time this season. Samardzija gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on 103 pitches, 62 for strikes. Samardzija received a no decision in a game his team lost after he was staked to a 5-0 lead.

James Russell and Pedro Strop did their jobs and kept the Phillies off the board but Kevin Gregg plunked Roger Bernadina with one out in the ninth on a 1-2 pitch. Bernadina stole second and scored on a bloop single to right off the bat of Michael Young (4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored).

While the offense had plenty of chances to tack onto their lead (3-for-10 with RISP, nine men left on base), a 5-0 advantage with a team’s number one pitcher on the mound in their home park should be enough to win a ballgame.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored) put the Cubs on the board in the first inning with his 21st longball of the season. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a home run) added a solo shot of his own in the fourth, his 20th of the year, that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk) had an excellent day at the plate. Castro delivered a two-out, two-run double in the fourth that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead at the time. Brian Bogusevic (1-for-1 with a RBI, a run scored, a walk and a HBP) singled in Rizzo with the Cubs’ fifth run in the fifth inning.

The Cubs outhit the Phillies 10-9 and did a good job of working the counts and getting on base (four walks, two HBP) early in the game.

Ryne Sandberg returned to Wrigley Field and picked up his first victory against his former team. Sandberg improved to 9-6 as the Phillies’ manager.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a season-low 22 games under .500 with a 56-78 record and have lost 17 of their last 20 games at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first inning. After Roy Halladay retired Castro and Lake for the first two outs, Rizzo lifted Halladay’s first pitch out to right. Navarro grounded out to first to end the inning.

Jeff Samardzija gave up a pair of singles to the first six batters he faced, then shut down the Phillies offense. Samardzija needed only 25 pitches, 14 for strikes, to complete the first two innings on Friday afternoon.

The Cubs could not take advantage of Halladay hitting Brian Bogusevic and Darwin Barney with two down in the second inning. Samardzija flied out to right center to end the inning.

After two complete, the Cubs led 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 Cubs through the third inning and into the bottom of the fourth. Samardzija retired the side in order in both the third and fourth innings and threw 53 pitches, 33 for strikes, over the first four innings.

Nate Schierholtz led off the fourth and lined a 1-1 pitch from Halladay into the bleachers in right. Schierholtz’s 20th longball of the season gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Donnie Murphy then reached on a double to center. Bernadina lost the ball in the sun and Murphy was credited with a two-base hit. Bogusevic walked and the Cubs had runners on first and second with no outs.

Darwin Barney flied out to right center (2-1 pitch). Murphy tagged and advanced to third. Samardzija bunted Bogusevic to second with two outs. Starlin Castro drove a 1-1 pitch into the gap in right center. Murphy and Bogusevic scored, 4-0 Cubs. Lake grounded out to short to end the inning.

At the end of four, the Cubs led 4-0.

Samardzija made quick work of the Phillies in the fifth. Samardzija retired 11 row and needed 65 pitches, 40 for strikes, to complete five innings of work.

Anthony Rizzo and Dioner Navarro reached on back-to-back singles to start the fifth inning. Schierholtz popped out to Young (near the mound) for the first out. Halladay retired Murphy on a flyout to right for the second out.

Brian Bogusevic singled to right (1-0 pitch). Rizzo was waived around and scored. Mayberry’s throw was well up the line but Carlos Ruiz made a strong throw to second and threw out Bogusevic at second to end the inning (9-2-6).

Kevin Frandsen hit for Halladay to start the sixth inning and tripled to center. Junior Lake tried to make a diving catch on a sinking liner. The ball got past him and rolled all the way to the wall … Samardzija was not the same from this point forward.

Michael Young plated Frandsen with a single to right, 5-1 Cubs. Jimmy Rollins followed with a single to center and the Phillies had two on with no outs for Chase Utley.

Samardzija fell behind Utley 3-0. After getting one over, Chase Utley tripled to right center. Young and Rollins scored, 5-3. Domonic Brown grounded out to second, Utley scored … and just like that, the Cubs lead was down to 5-4. Samardzija walked Ruiz but got out of the inning when Darin Ruf grounded into a 5-4-3 double play … 90 pitches for Samardzija after six innings, 53 for strikes.

The Cubs could not cash in a two-out walk by Starlin Castro in the sixth. After six complete, the Cubs were clinging to a 5-4 lead.

Jeff Samardzija retired Mayberry and Bernadina to start the seventh. Kevin Frandsen stepped in and launched a 0-1 pitch from Samardzija into the bleachers in left field … and tied the game at five. Michael Young followed with a double and Rollins walked. With two on and two down, Dale Sveum decided that was enough and went to his pen for James Russell. Utley flied out to left to end the inning.

Zach Miner started the seventh after he retired three of the four batters he faced in the sixth. Miner struck out Rizzo swinging for the first out. Dioner Navarro reached on a single to left with one out and Sandberg went to his pen for lefty Jake Diekman. Schierholtz worked a walk and Murphy stepped in with runners on first and second with one down.

Diekman caught Murphy looking and Sveum sent up Darnell McDonald to hit for Bogusevic. McDonald singled to right but Navarro was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

James Russell and Pedro Strop retired the Phillies in order in the eighth.

B.J. Rosenberg retired Barney on a flyout to left and struck out pinch-hitter Logan Watkins to start the eighth. Starlin Castro doubled to left but Lake struck out swinging to end the inning.

Kevin Gregg took the hill in the ninth with the game tied at five. Gregg retired Mayberry on a flyout to right and jumped ahead of Bernadina 1-2. Gregg hit Bernadina with his next pitch. Bernadina stole second with Frandsen at the dish. Frandsen flied out to center and Bernadina stayed at second.

Michael Young blooped a 2-2 pitch into right. Bernadina scored, 6-5 Phillies. With Young at second and two down, Rollins flied out to left to end the inning.

Jonathan Papelbon retired the Cubs in order on eight pitches to end the game.

Chris Rusin faces Cliff Lee in game two with the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

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