Game Ninety-Five – Cubs 3, Phillies 5 – 10 innings
WP – Ken Giles (5-2) LP – James Russell (0-2) Save – Jonathan Papelbon (17)
The Cubs bullpen had a bad day. Jason Motte was charged with his first blown save of the season after the Phillies tied the game at three in the ninth on the second run scoring double of the game by Cody Asche. And Rafael Soriano served up the two-run homer to Jeff Francoeur in the 10th inning as the Cubs lost the Phillies on Friday afternoon.
The Phillies scored four of their five runs with two outs and won on the road for just the 12th time this season.
While the bullpen blew the lead late in the game, the Cubs offense is simply leaving no room for a mistake from the pitching staff. Scoring only three runs against Jerome Williams in your home park is inexcusable. The Cubs were a miserable 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. It should have not been a one-run game in the ninth inning … especially on a day with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field.
Kris Bryant (1-for-5 with a home run) gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third inning with his first home in 20 days. Chris Coghlan (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two stolen bases) put the Cubs back in the lead with a two-run shot in the fourth. Coghlan hit his 10th longball of the season, a new career high, and turned in one of several excellent plays on the day by the Cubs’ defense.
Jorge Soler (3-for-5 with a run scored) had a three-hit game and was on first base when Coghlan went yard. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a HBP) was hit for the 21st time on the season in the eighth inning.
Jon Lester put together a quality start and was one pitch away from an excellent outing. Lester allowed a missed third strike to get under his skin and Cody Asche ripped the mistake off the center field wall. Asche’s two-run double gave the Phillies a brief 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
Jon Lester allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks, a hit by pitch and six strikeouts. Lester made 95 pitches, 62 for strikes, in seven innings.
Hector Rondon worked around an infield single and stolen base by Ben Revere in the eighth and turned the game over to Jason Motte with a 3-2 lead.
Kris Bryant put the Cubs on the board in the third inning. After Addison Russell struck out looking and Dexter Fowler grounded out to second, Bryant drove a 2-2 pitch out to right. Bryant’s first home run in 20 days gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
Anthony Rizzo popped out to third to end the inning.
The Cubs one-run lead did not last long. Maikel Franco tapped a 2-1 pitch back to Jon Lester for the first out. Jeff Francoeur ripped a double to left. Lester plunked Darin Ruf with a 1-2 pitch and put two on with one out. Freddy Galvis bounced a 1-1 pitch into left. Chris Coghlan charged the ball and made a perfect throw to the plate. Ross tagged Francoeur for the second out of the inning.
Cody Asche stepped in with runners on first and second with two down. Lester appeared to catch him looking at a 0-2 pitch, it was a strike, but he did not get the call. Asche cranked a 2-2 pitch to deep center. The ball hit off the top of the ivy, just missed leaving the park. Ruf and Galvis scored, 2-1 Phillies. A visibly upset Lester feel behind Cameron Rupp 3-0. Rupp pulled a 3-1 pitch toward third. Bryant fielded the ball and tried to tag Asche. He ran out of the baseline and was called out to end the inning.
Jon Lester made 63 pitches, 38 for strikes, in four innings.
Jorge Soler started the fourth with a soft single to left center. Chris Coghlan pulled a 0-1 pitch from Jerome Williams to deep right. Coghlan’s 10th longball of the season, a new career-high, just missed the video board and gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
Jerome Williams stuck his glove out and took a hit away from Starlin Castro for the first out. David Ross singled to right and moved to second when Maddon called for a hit and run on a 1-2 pitch to Lester, who grounded out to first base. Addison Russell rolled a 2-2 pitch out to short to end the inning.
At the end of four innings, the Cubs had a 3-2 lead.
Jason Motte replaced Hector Rondon for the ninth inning with the Cubs clinging to a 3-2 lead. Ryan Howard hit for Darin Ruf and flied out to center. Freddy Galvis pulled a 1-0 pitch into right. Jorge Soler was shading him to center. Galvis rounded second and ended up at third with a one-out triple.
Cody Asche just missed his second home run of the day. Asche cranked a 2-2 pitch to right. The ball stuck in the ivy for a ground rule double. Galvis scored and tied the game at three. Odubel Herrera batted for Cameron Rupp and flied out to center. Pete Mackanin sent up Carlos Ruiz to hit for Jeanmar Gomez. Dexter Fowler made an excellent over the shoulder catch in center to end the inning.
Chris Denorfia hit for Jason Motte to start the ninth. Denorfia pulled a 3-2 pitch from Ken Giles into left. With Denorfia at first, Addison Russell could not get the bunt down. Russell ended up grounding out to the hole at short. Denorfia ended up at second as Galvis threw out Russell at first base. Dexter Fowler walked. Kris Bryant struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) … and Anthony Rizzo grounded out to second base (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.
James Russell started the 10th and Cesar Hernandez greeted him with a single to left. Ben Revere bunted back to the mound. Hernandez went to second and Maddon went to his pen for Rafael Soriano. Franco grounded a 2-2 pitch to second. Hernandez went to third.
Jeff Francoeur crushed the first pitch from Soriano, a hanging slider that he deposited into the bleachers in left. The Phillies took a 5-3 lead. Soriano struck out Howard to end the inning.
Jorge Soler led off the 10th with a single off the foot of Jonathan Papelbon. But Coghlan grounded out to short, Castro flied out to left and Ross struck out swinging (3-2 pitch) to end the game.
Jake Arrieta and Cole Hamels square off in game two on Saturday afternoon (3:05pm CDT).