August 6, 2013
Box Score (From ESPN.com)
By Zach Geibler
The Phillies hoped to end there major cold streak in a three-game series with one of the weaker National League teams in the Chicago Cubs. The first game of the series was scheduled for 7:00 pm at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies won a close one 9-8.
Kyle Kendrick took the mound for the Phillies, going for his 10th win of the year. Edwin Jackson opposed him on the mound for the Cubs.
The Phillies scored right in the first inning when Chase Utley batted in Michael Young with a single.
The Cubs retaliated in the second inning, scoring four runs, concluding in a three-run home run by Donnie Murphy.
The Phillies got a run back in the bottom half of the inning, when Kyle Kendrick helped out his own cause with and RBI single, adding another run to an offensive game.
In the third, Anthony Rizzo hit the first pitch of his at-bat over the rightfield fence, building the Cubs lead to 5-2.
The Phillies'half inning yielded two more runs. The first on an RBI groundout by the returning Dominic Brown to notch his 70th RBI of the season. The second run was batted in by Darin Ruf with a double.
After a shaky start, Kyle Kendrick calmed down, pitching better baseball for the rest of his outing.
In the Phillies' half of the fifth, the team tagged on three more runs with an RBI triple by Chase Utley, a second RBI groundout from Brown, and a solo home run by Darin Ruf, his fourth of the year.
In the sixth inning, Michael Young hit an RBI double scoring Cody Asche.
Carlos Ruiz hit his second home run of the year in the eighth, adding one more run to the lead.
Johnathan Papelbon came on in the ninth in a non-save situation. He let the first two Cubs on base before striking out the next two batters. Papelbon then gave up a two-RBI single to Nate Schierholtz.
With the tying run at the plate, Starlin Castro hit a fly ball to left field and the game looked to be over, before Dominic Brown dropped the fly ball and let the Cubs' eighth run score.
In the very next at-bat, another fly ball went to Dominic Brown, which he caught to end the game.
Kyle Kendrick picked up the win to move to 10-8 on the season. Edwin Jackson got the loss to make his record 7-12.
The Phillies won the game and broke their five-game losing streak, even though the Cubs made it interesting. The Phillies will try to win the series Wednesday night for the second game of the series.
(Image from The Good Phight)