In a wild game Friday afternoon in Chicago, the Philadelphia Phillies bested the Chicago Cubs 6-5. Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija would face off. Both pitchers were hit around, with each giving up five runs. In the end, the Phillies would go ahead in the ninth inning on a Michael Young RBI double, allowing the Phillies to win former Cub legend Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field.
Chicago began the scoring in the top of the first on an Anthony Rizzo home run off of Roy Halladay. Former Phillie Nate Schierholtz hit another home run in the fourth inning, a solo shot off Halladay. In the same inning, Starlin Castro added two runs to the Cubs lead on a two-run double. The Cubs added one more in the fifth inning, on a Brian Bogusevic single. Halladay, who did not pitch well this afternoon, left in the fifth inning with his team trailing 5-0.
The Phillies began their comeback in the top of the sixth. Jeff Samardzija, who had been shutting down the Phillies to that point, allowed a Michael Young RBI single, a two-run Chase Utley triple, and a Domonic Brown RBI groundout. In the seventh inning, Kevin Frandsen tied the ballgame with a solo home run off of Samardzija, chasing the Cubs’ starter from the game after 6 and 2/3 innings.
The bullpens battled until the ninth inning, when Cubs closer Kevin Gregg came in. He began by hitting Roger Bernadina with a pitch, and Bernadina stole second base. Michael Young stepped in with two outs and blooped his fourth hit of the day, a single, into right field. Bernadina scored on the play, and the Phillies went in front 6-5. Jonathan Papelbon came in and closed the door in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the Cubs in order.
After Roy Halladay was smacked around for five runs, the Phillies bullpen shut down the Cubs the rest of the way, allowing them to climb back in the game and eventually win it. Halladay, however, did not have a good start, lasting five innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, two walks, two home runs, and tallying just one strikeout. Both starting pitchers would receive a no-decision in today’s game.
Domonic Brown would be pulled in the later stages of the game. Brown, who has been dealing with Achilles pain, was benched during the game due to additional discomfort. His status for tomorrow afternoon’s game is unknown.
The Phils move to 62-73 with the win, and the Cubs drop to 56-78. Tomorrow’s 4:05 game will feature a matchup of two lefties, with Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07) going up against Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64).
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