The Donnie Murphy Game – Cubs 5, Phillies 2

Game One Hundred Thirteen – Cubs 5, Phillies 2

WP – Pedro Strop (2-4) LP – Luis Garcia (0-1) Save – Kevin Gregg (23)

wflag-pubThe Cubs ended their five-game losing streak behind a career night from Donnie Murphy on what ended up being a strange, injury filled game in Philadelphia.

Donnie Murphy (3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and a HBP) hit not one, but two longballs on Wednesday night and the second, a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth, was the difference in the game. Murphy tied the game at one in the third with a home run down the right field line off of Cole Hamels. Murphy then stepped in with two outs in the ninth, worked a 3-1 count then launched a no-doubter into the stands in left field off Justin De Fratus. Murphy has hit three home runs in two days and has driven in seven runs.

Junior Lake (2-for-4 with a RBI) gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a single to center in the fifth that plated Cody Ransom (1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk). Starlin Castro (1-for-4) collected one of the Cubs seven hits and Cole Gillespie (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) was on board for Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth.

Travis Wood had a good outing and left the game with two on and one out in the seventh with the Cubs up 2-1. Matt Guerrier gave up a single to pinch-hitter Chase Utley that drove in John Mayberry Jr. and closed the book on Wood.

Travis Wood rebounded nicely from his previous outing against the Dodgers and notched another quality start. Wood was charged with two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Wood threw 96 pitches, 67 for strikes, in 6 1/3 innings.

Matt Guerrier really struggled on Wednesday night. Guerrier walked two and gave up two hits, including the single to Chase Utley that tied the game at two. The only out that was recorded while Guerrier was on the mound came at the expense of Dioner Navarro. James Russell retired Domonic Brown with the bases loaded in the seventh and kept the game tied at two.

Pedro Strop picked up the win with a scoreless eighth and Kevin Gregg notched the save with a clean ninth inning.

Two Cubs left Wednesday night’s game with injuries on two different plays 15 minutes apart in the seventh inning. Thomas Neal dislocated his right shoulder making a throw from left field into second base on the double hit by John Mayberry Jr. leading off the seventh inning. Neal made the throw then fell to the ground in obvious pain. Neal left the field on his own power with the training staff.

Dioner Navarro had to be carted off the field after Chase Utley plowed into him at the plate trying to score the go ahead run in the seventh inning. Navarro was blocking the plate as he waited for the throw from Cole Gillespie. It was a clean baseball play but one that looked a lot worse at the time than it turned out to be. X-rays came back negative on Navarro’s right ankle and he is listed as day-to-day with a bone contusion.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 50-63 on the season.

Junior Lake ripped Cole Hamels’ first pitch of the game into left for a single. After Barney struck out swinging, Castro grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Cole Hamels faced the minimum in the first inning on just seven pitches.

Travis Wood was sharp in his first inning of work. Wood retired the Phillies in order on 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Dioner Navarro led off the second and reached on an error by Domonic Brown. Navarro lined a 2-2 pitch into left center that Brown got a glove on but could not haul it in. Thomas Neal grounded into a 6-4 force then tagged and went to second when Ransom flied out to left. But Cole Gillespie flied out to right to end the inning. Hamels needed only 21 pitches, 16 for strikes, to complete two frames on Wednesday night.

Domonic Brown led off the second and launched Wood’s first pitch into the stands beyond the wall in right center. Brown gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead on just the third homer allowed by Wood to a left hander during the last calendar year. Wood retired Ruf on a grounder to third. Delmon Young followed with a single to right. Mayberry grounded into a 4-6 force out and Kratz flied out to left for the third out. Wood threw 29 pitches, 21 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The Cubs trailed 1-0 after two innings.

Donnie Murphy led off the third inning and surprised everyone watching the game. Murphy drove a 2-0 pitch from Hamels down the right field line and into the stands. Murphy’s second home run in as many days tied the game at one. Hamels retired Wood (grounder to short), Lake (flyout to center) and Barney (grounder to short) to end the third. Hamels threw 31 pitches, 23 for strikes, over the first three innings.

Travis Wood retired the side in order in the third. Wood threw 40 pitches, 28 for strikes, in three innings on Wednesday night.

The game remained tied at one through the fourth and into the top of the fifth. Wood worked around a first and second no out jam in the fourth by striking out Ruf and Delmon Young swinging then retiring Mayberry on a flyout to left to end the inning.

Cody Ransom led off the fifth with a double into the left field corner. Gillespie grounded out to third for the first out. Hamels then hit Donnie Murphy on a 1-2 pitch. With runners on first and second, Travis Wood grounded into a 4-6 force out. Wood hustled down the line and prevented an inning ending double play.

Junior Lake stepped in with runners on the corners and two down. Lake blooped a single into center. Ransom scored and gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Wood stumbled around second and could not advance to third on the play. Hamels caught Barney looking at a 0-2 pitch to end the inning.

Travis Wood worked out of a jam in the fifth after two infield singles with two outs put the tying run in scoring position. Michael Young reached on a swinging bunt up the third baseline. Kevin Frandsen reached on a bunt to the third base side of the mound. With runners on first and second and two down, Jimmy Rollins flied out to left to end the inning. Wood threw 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, in five innings.

The Cubs held onto their 2-1 lead through the sixth and into the bottom of the seventh.

Travis Wood took the hill for the seventh after throwing 91 pitches, 62 for strikes, over the first six innings.

John Mayberry Jr. pulled a 0-1 pitch down the third baseline. Thomas Neal fielded the ball near the line and threw it in. Neal went down in a heap after making the throw and writhed in pain on the field. Neal was helped off the field in obvious pain. Reports shortly after indicated that Neal dislocated his right shoulder.

Junior Lake moved over to left and David DeJesus entered the game in center.

When play resumed, Erik Kratz drove a 0-2 pitch from Wood to deep right field. Gillespie caught the ball for the first out. Mayberry tagged and advanced to third. Carlos Ruiz was announced as the pinch-hitter for Cole Hamels and Dale Sveum made the slow walk and went to his pen for Matt Guerrier. Charlie Manuel countered and sent up Chase Utley to hit for Ruiz.

Matt Guerrier served up a 1-2 pitch to Utley that he drove into center and tied the game at two. Guerrier issued a four-pitch walk to Michael Young. Kevin Frandsen stepped in with runners on first and second with one down … and the game tied at two.

Kevin Frandsen drove a 1-1 pitch into right. Gillespie charged the ball and threw a strike to the plate. Dioner Navarro caught the ball and held on as Utley plowed into him. Utley was called out before it became very apparent that Navarro was hurt.

Dioner Navarro rolled over on his back in obvious pain. He appeared to have gotten his bell rung at first before he started looking at his right leg. The Cubs training staff and Dale Sveum made their way to the plate to check on Navarro. The cart came out and Navarro was helped onto the cart and taken off the field. The look on Navarro’s face did not point to a positive outcome. Reports came out shortly after Navarro left the game that the X-Rays came back negative on his right ankle and it was only a bone contusion (bruise).

When play resumed, Guerrier walked Jimmy Rollins to load the bases with two outs.

Dale Sveum went back to his pen for James Russell to face Domonic Brown. Russell retired Brown on a grounder to short (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Luis Garcia in the eighth and Pedro Strop struck out the side in the eighth.

The game went to the ninth tied at two.

Luis Garcia started the ninth by walking Welington Castillo. David DeJesus worked a full count. Castillo took off for second on the 3-2 pitch. DeJesus struck out swinging but Castillo slid in safe at second with the go ahead run. Cody Ransom walked.

Cole Gillespie stepped in and looked at two out of the zone as Garcia kept struggling with his command. But after Gillespie took ball three, Erik Kratz noticed Ransom was too far off first base. Kratz threw a strike from his knees to Ruf, who applied the tag on Ransom for the second out. Ransom made another baserunning blunder. There was no reason whatsoever for Ransom to be as far off first base as he was. Ransom was not the lead runner. Gillespie walked and the Cubs had runners on first and second again … but this time with two outs.

Charlie Manuel decided that was enough for Garcia and went to his pen for Justin De Fratus.

Donnie Murphy worked a 3-1 count … then launched his second home run of the game into the left field stands. Murphy’s third home run in two days gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Anthony Rizzo hit for Pedro Strop and lined out to left to end the inning.

Kevin Gregg took the hill in the ninth with a three-run lead … and completed his first clean inning in several weeks.

Jeff Samardzija faces Ethan Martin in the finale against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Donnie Murphy is pretty hot. Can we expect this to last? I thought he was a AAAA player?

    • Steve Baier

      Hard to say if it’ll last but given the production the Cubs have gotten from 3rd base this year, it’s nice to see.

  • Dorasaga

    Wish Neal and Navarro recover. They brought in energy to this team. Sometimes, when good, young men like them went down, a team loses focus (the Phillies seems like so). The Cubs didn’t give up and ground the opposition that last few innings. They kept themselves in a winning position. After watched games this month online, I think Sveum did a good job managing. Kept the energy going, made the right replacement and pitching change. Everybody knew this is a losing season. The management knows. The players know. The media knew (but kept that in their mind, not really spilling out on paper, or who’ll buy?). The fans should know. At least CCO fans knew. It’s not easy. They’ve been trying to win with AAA players. With all these, Sveum used no B.S., like Lou Piniella kept Marmol in an inning for 50 pitches. The team responded well. I have the feeling that Swammy will be around Wrigley another two or three years.