Game One Hundred Forty-Two – Cubs 4, Phillies 7
WP – Dalier Hinojosa (1-0, BS 1) LP – Clayton Richard (3-2) Save – Ken Giles (13)
The Cubs struggles with the Phillies continued Sunday. The Cubs had a bad day and dropped the series finale in Philadelphia. Dan Haren was rocked for three innings and the Cubs were down 4-1 by the fourth. The Cubs tied the game in the seventh just to see a wild pitch allow the eventual winning run to score in the bottom of the inning. Despite winning two of the four games, it felt like the Cubs lost the series.
Dan Haren had absolutely nothing Sunday afternoon. And if not for Dexter Fowler throwing out Cody Asche at the plate to end the second inning, Haren’s final line would look even worse. Haren had no command and could not throw strikes. The Phillies jumped on Haren and did not let up during his three innings of work.
Dan Haren gave up four runs on seven hits (one home run) and three walks with four strikeouts. Haren made 74 pitches, 42 for strikes, in three innings. Haren recorded strikeout No. 2,000 of his career when Brian Bogusevic went down swinging to end the first inning.
Clayton Richard had a very good outing in relief of Dan Haren. Richard kept the Phillies off the board for three innings and allowed the Cubs to mount a comeback. Richard was hung with the loss after a one out triple in the seventh by Aaron Altherr put the go ahead run on third base. Richard struck out Ryan Howard but a 1-0 offering in the dirt to Cameron Rupp got past Miguel Montero and let Altherr scamper in with the winning run.
Clayton Richard allowed one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Richard threw 51 pitches, 36 for strikes, in four innings.
Another two-out, bases empty walk by a Cubs’ reliever led to a big inning for the Phillies. Carl Edwards Jr. walked Darin Ruf with two down and the bases empty in the eighth. After a single by Andres Blanco, Freddy Galvis doubled to right center. The Phillies scored two more runs to put the game out of reach.
The Cubs offense had an incredibly poor approach against Aaron Harang. The Cubs did not make him work over the first three innings and allowed him to stay in the game until the sixth.
Chris Coghlan (4-for-5 with two triples, a home run and two runs scored) had a huge game at the plate and almost singlehandedly kept the Cubs in the game. Coghlan hit two triples and a home run in five at bats. Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a RBI) drove in Coghlan with the game’s first run after Coghlan tripled with two outs in the first inning.
Addison Russell (1-for-4 with a RBI) singled in Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a run scored) in the fourth and Coghlan made it a 4-3 when he hit his 16th homer of the season in the fifth. Addison Russell scored the tying run in the seventh on a fielding error by Phillies’ second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4 with a HBP) collided with Hernandez on the play. Rizzo was shaken up but stayed in the game. Hernandez had to leave the game with a dislocated left thumb.
The Cubs managed eight hits Sunday, four by Chris Coghlan, and only two walks on the afternoon.
The Cubs ended up 2-2 in the four games in Philly and with a 2-5 record in the seven games this season against the Phillies.
With Sunday’s loss (14-10 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs dropped to 82-60 on the season.
Dexter Fowler grounded out to second and Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging for the first two outs of the game. Chris Coghlan drove a 2-0 pitch to deep left. The ball hit off the top of the wall. Coghlan hustled around the bases and ended up at third with a triple. Anthony Rizzo was plunked for the 27th time this season.
With runners on the corners and two down, Kris Bryant ripped a single into left center. Coghlan scored, 1-0 Cubs. Miguel Montero was caught looking with runners on first and second to end the inning. Aaron Harang threw 23 pitches in the first, 13 for strikes.
Dan Haren had zero command in the first inning and the Phillies took any momentum the Cubs had in the top of the inning right back. Haren caught Cesar Hernandez looking (1-2 pitch) for the first out. Freddy Galvis blooped a 1-1 pitch into right center for a single. Odubel Herrera singled to right. Haren walked Aaron Altherr to load the bases with one out.
Ryan Howard lifted a 3-1 pitch into center. Fowler caught the ball, Galvis tagged and scored. Game tied at one. Cameron Rupp ripped a 2-0 pitch into left. Herrera scored as Schwarber missed the cut off man and Miguel Montero. The Phillies took a 2-1 lead and had runners on second and third after the Schwarber throwing error (error was taken off the board later in the game). Haren struck out Brian Bogusevic swinging to end the inning. Haren made 28 pitches in the first, 15 for strikes.
The Cubs made Aaron Harang look good in the second inning. Three up and three down for the flailing offense and only 38 pitches for Harang after two innings.
Dan Haren continued to struggle in the second. Haren walked Cody Asche to start the inning. Harang bunted him to second. Hernandez popped out to left center. Freddy Galvis ripped a single into center. Fowler played the bounce and threw a one-hop strike to Montero. The jogging Asche was out at the plate to end the inning … 50 pitches for Haren after two innings, 27 for strikes.
After Dexter Fowler was robbed of at least a double by a diving Bogusevic in right center to start the third, Schwarber hit a routine grounder to first. Chris Coghlan tripled off the top of the wall in right. The umpires reviewed the call on the field to check for fan interference. Replays showed the ball hit the fan beyond the wall and then bounced back into the field of play. The review took six minutes and 17 minutes to determine there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call. With Coghlan at third, Rizzo popped out to short for the third out. Harang made only 49 pitches, 30 for strikes, in three innings.
The Phillies continued taking batting practice off a struggling Haren in the third inning. Haren struck out Herrera swinging for the first out. Aaron Altherr doubled to the left field corner. Ryan Howard lifted a 1-1 pitch to deep right. Howard’s two-run homer gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead. Rupp popped out to second. Brian Bogusevic doubled to right center. Haren intentionally walked Asche. Haren found a way to strikeout Harang to end the inning.
The Phillies led 4-1 after three innings.
Bryant and Montero went down swinging to start the fourth. Starlin Castro singled to center. Tommy La Stella batted for Haren and walked. Addison Russell drove a 3-2 pitch into right. Castro scored and made it a 4-2 game. Fowler flied out to deep right center to end the inning. The Cubs made Harang work in the fourth … 79 pitches, 47 for strikes, after four innings.
Clayton Richard replaced Haren for the fourth inning. Cesar Hernandez tapped back to Richard. And his throw to first was dropped by Rizzo. It was a little into the runner but a play Rizzo should make. His second error in as many days started Richard’s afternoon. Galvis smacked a grounder back up the middle. Russell got to the ball and flipped to Castro for the out. Herrera dropped a perfect bunt between the mound and the plate. Montero did not have a play. Richard struck out Altherr swinging and Howard grounded out to Castro to end the inning.
The Cubs trailed 4-2 after four innings.
Kyle Schwarber flied out to the wall in right center for the first out in the fifth.
Chris Coghlan pulled a 1-1 pitch to deep right. Replay was not needed. The ball sailed into the stands and cut the Phillies lead to 4-3. Rizzo popped out to left and Bryant grounded out to Hernandez in the shift for the third out.
Clayton Richard pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning. First time the Cubs slowed down the Phillies all afternoon.
At the end of five it was 4-3 Phillies.
Dalier Hinojosa took over for the Phillies in the seventh. Addison Russell rolled a 2-1 pitch to the hole at short. Howard could not scoop the low throw from Galvis. Russell reached on E6. Fowler flied out to center. Kyle Schwarber walked and put two on with one out. Chris Coghlan drove a 3-2 pitch to deep center that Herrera caught at the wall for the second out. Russell went to third. With runners on first and third, Anthony Rizzo dribbled a 2-2 pitch toward second. Hernandez bobbled as he charged it and ended up colliding with Rizzo near the first base bag. Hernandez and Rizzo fell to the ground as Russell scored and tied the game at four. Rizzo was shaken up but stayed in the game. Hernandez had to leave with a dislocated left thumb.
Kris Bryant smoked a 1-2 pitch toward right that Brian Bogusevic caught at the wall to end the inning.
Clayton Richard was left in for the seventh and retired Herrera on a grounder to second base. Aaron Altherr tripled to left center. Richard struck out Howard swinging. A 1-0 pitch to Cameron Rupp skipped past Montero, a ball he should have stopped. Altherr scored, 5-4 Phillies. Rupp flied out to right for the third out.
The Phillies had a 5-4 lead after seven innings.
Jerome Williams made quick work of the Cubs in the eighth and the Phillies tacked on in the bottom of the eighth … and it was another two out walk by a Cubs reliever that led to the tack on runs.
Carl Edwards Jr. started the eighth and picked up two quick outs. Bogusevic grounded out to second and Asche struck out swinging. Edwards Jr. walked Darin Ruf. Andres Blanco singled to left and put two on with two down. Freddy Galvis doubled to right center (1-1 pitch). Ruf and Blanco scored, 7-4 Phillies. Galvis was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double into a triple to end the inning.
It was 7-4 Phillies after eight innings.
Addison Russell lined out to a leaping Cody Asche to start the ninth. Dexter Fowler singled to center and went to second on a wild pitch from Ken Giles. Schwarber flied out to left center (3-2 pitch) for the second out. Chris Coghlan ripped a 1-2 pitch into right. Fowler was held at third with two outs. Coghlan took second on defensive indifference. Anthony Rizzo smashed a 1-0 pitch into right that Blanco caught to end the game.
Monday is a day off. The Cubs open a four-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with a day-night doubleheader. Jason Hammel and Gerrit Cole are scheduled for game one (12:35pm CDT). Jon Lester and J.A. Happ take the ball in game two (6:05pm CDT).