Game Ninety-Seven – Cubs 5, Phillies 11
WP – Aaron Nola (1-1) LP – Jason Hammel (5-5) Save – None
Everything that could go right for the Phillies did this weekend while the Cubs could not catch a single break. And the Phillies completed the three-game sweep over the Cubs after winning just 11 road games all season prior to Friday.
Joe Maddon and his coaching staff have their work cut out for them. The Cubs played a majority of the weekend like the team with the worst record in baseball, not a team in the mix for one of the two Wild Card spots. The Cubs simply looked tired and flat.
Jason Hammel did not have it Sunday. Hammel’s left hamstring injury appears a lot worse than he and the team is saying publicly. A healthy Jason Hammel does not make the mistakes he did Sunday.
The Cubs were in a 3-0 hole after just 12 pitches Sunday. Jason Hammel gave up an infield single to Cesar Hernandez, a triple to Odubel Herrera and a two-run homer to Maikel Franco. The Phillies scored three more times in the fourth before Hammel could get out of the inning.
Jason Hammel left the game with two outs in the fourth inning. Hammel gave up six runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Hammel made 85 pitches, 53 for strikes, in 3 2/3 innings.
Travis Wood could not keep the Phillies from adding on to their lead. Wood allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
Yoervis Medina had mop-up duty Sunday afternoon and the Phillies padded their stats. Medina gave up three more runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings.
David Ross made his second appearance of the season in the ninth inning. And Ross pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Addison Russell made two sensational plays at shortstop and Kyle Schwarber (1-for-2 with two walks) caught the first out of the inning in left field.
Cubs’ pitching was torched Sunday. The Phillies scored 11 runs on 17 hits, eight of those for extra bases. And the 21 extra basehits by the Phillies over the weekend was the most for the franchise in a three-game series since June 14-16, 2001.
The Cubs offense had another rough game until the eighth inning. Kris Bryant (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI) plated Dexter Fowler (1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored) with a sac fly in the first inning. And Fowler hit a solo homer in the third that cut the Phillies lead to 3-2. The Cubs had only three hits before the eighth inning.
Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) went yard in the eighth, a two-run shot with Jonathan Herrera (1-for-2 with a run scored) on first base. David Ross (1-for-1 with a home run) smacked his first homer of the season leading off the ninth inning after he pitched the top half. Ross was technically the first Cubs reliever since Carlos Marmol (Sept. 7, 2006) to hit a home run.
The Cubs scored five runs on six hits, four runs on three homers, while not putting a single man in scoring position all afternoon. The Cubs left just two runners on base.
With Sunday’s loss (9-8 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs slipped to 51-46 on the season.
The Phillies jumped on Jason Hammel in the first inning and put up three runs on Hammel’s first 12 pitches. Cesar Hernandez reached on an infield single to start the game. Hernandez checked his swing on a 3-2 pitch, hit a dribbler past the mound and Bryant did not have a chance. Hernandez swiped second on a 0-1 pitch to Odubel Herrera. Hammel’s next pitch to Herrera was lined over Rizzo into right. Hernandez scored on a triple by Herrera.
Maikel Franco launched Hammel’s first pitch to the bleachers in left … and 12 pitches into the game the Cubs were down 3-0. Hammel walked Ryan Howard. Cody Asche flied out to center (3-2 pitch) and Freddy Galvis bounced into a 3-6 inning ending double play. Hammel made 28 pitches in the first, 17 for strikes.
Dexter Fowler walked to start the first and moved to third on a single to right by Kyle Schwarber. Kris Bryant lifted a 1-1 pitch to deep right. Domonic Brown caught the ball against the ivy, it just missed landing in the basket. Fowler tagged and scored, 3-1 Phillies. Anthony Rizzo lined a 3-0 pitch to Hernandez at second. Schwarber was doubled off, inning over.
At the end of one, the Phillies had a 3-1 lead.
After Jason Hammel tossed a 1-2-3 third inning, the Cubs got back into the game. Dexter Fowler made it 3-2 with a homer to right with two outs in the third. Schwarber walked but was thrown out trying to steal second base with Bryant at the plate to end the inning.
After three innings, the Cubs were down 3-2.
The Phillies put the game away in the fourth inning and knocked Hammel out of the game. Cody Asche led off with a triple to right on a 3-2 pitch. The ball hit the indentation and rolled toward the foul line. Hammel struck out Galvis but with the infield in Brown doubled off Rizzo’s glove. The ball rolled down the right field line. Brown ended up at second and Asche scored, 4-2 Phillies. Cameron Rupp followed with a double to left center. Brown scored, 5-2 Phillies. And to add insult to bad baseball, Aaron Nola singled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Rupp scored, 6-2 Phillies. Hammel struck out Hernandez and Maddon finally went and pulled him from the game.
Travis Wood replaced Hammel and struck out Herrera to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Aaron Nola in the fourth.
Travis Wood stayed in for the fifth and the Phillies kept collecting hits. Howard reached on a bloop single to left. After Asche flied out to right center for the second out, Galvis singled to right. Domonic Brown tripled to right center, Howard and Galvis scored, 8-2 Phillies. Rupp grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Again, nothing for the Cubs in the fifth … the Phillies had an 8-2 lead after five innings.
Yoervis Medina took over in the sixth and could not keep the Phillies from adding on. Medina struck out Nola swinging. Hernandez singled to center and went to third on a Herrera single to center. Maikel Franco doubled to right center. Hernandez scored, 9-2 Phillies. Howard grounded out to second with runners on second and third with two outs. Medina finally got out of the inning by striking out Cody Asche swinging.
It was another 1-2-3 inning for Aaron Nola in the sixth. And it was 9-2 Phillies after six innings.
Ryan Howard added an exclamation point to the weekend in the eighth inning. Howard smacked a two-run homer to left center off Yoervis Medina and made it an 11-2 game.
Jonathan Herrera singled to right with one out in the eighth. Addison Russell was sitting first pitch fastball and got it. Russell smacked a two-run homer to left center, his sixth of the year. Taylor Teagarden hit for Dexter Fowler and grounded out to short. Pete Mackanin went to his pen and replaced Aaron Nola with lefty Elvis Araujo.
Kyle Schwarber walked but Kris Bryant struck out swinging to end the inning.
It was 11-4 Phillies after eight innings.
David Ross pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. And Ross led off the bottom of the ninth with his first longball of the season, 11-5 Phillies. Jorge Soler struck out swinging. Chris Coghlan grounded out to first and Chris Denorfia flied out to center to end the game.
The Cubs open a three-game series Monday night (7:05pm CDT) against the Rockies at Wrigley. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face lefty Jorge De La Rosa in game one.