Well, that was an interesting game, and the Philadelphia Phillies have had plenty of them at Wrigley Field.
Ryne Sandberg went back to Wrigley for the first time since the Chicago Cubs let him go. Roy Halladay didn’t know where in the world his ball was going. The slowest human-being on the planet (Dioner Navarro) tried to score on a base hit. There was even a long-lost baseball found in the old ivy during the game. There was a wind-driven home run and five-run comeback.
Yup, sounds like just another day at Wrigley Field.
The Phils looked to have no chance in this game. They were down 5-0 going into the sixth inning, and Jeff Samardzija was dealing. Then all of a sudden, Samardzija hit a wall in the sixth inning. The Phils scored four runs, including Chase Utley‘s two-run triple that produced that long-lost ball to come out of the ivy.
“Doc”, on the other hand, had some issues. He gave up two solo homers, a two-run double, two free passes, two hit batters and he struck out one. Now that’s a rough day at the office. The bright side? Zach Miner, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg and Jonathan Papelbon managed to blank the Cubs the rest of the way. I finding myself not making fun of Rosenberg that much anymore. He suddenly has some movement on his ball to go with 95-98 mph fastball.
On the bump for the Phils today is Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07 ERA). In his last outing, he gave up just the one run on five hits and one free pass in eight innings for a “W”. On the hill for Cubs will be Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64 ERA). Rusin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts.