You don’t hear much about Phillies extending another team’s misery, but this happened on Monday night.
The Phillies got some timely hits, plenty of power from attack and some excellent work from their very poor team hanging out a 13-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The loss was 10 cubsThe tenth in a row.
The win improved the Phillies to 40-42 as they remained 4 games behind the Mets for the top spot in the NL East. Phils 16-26 on the road.
Phils returned from two deficits early in one round and was tied in the match twice over singles hurdles by Andrew Knapp and Didi Gregorius in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
They took the lead for good in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Andrew McCutchen and an RBI song by Rhys Hoskins.
A day after leaving Sunday’s game with a tight mile, McCutchen took three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice.
Manager Joe Girardi said: “I was worried about him after Sunday, where he will be today, but he obviously felt really good.”
The sixth inning rally began with Bryce Harper drawing a lead against left-wing savior Rex Brothers. The rally came on the field 3-2 and Cubs coach David Ross didn’t like the call and ended up getting sent off. McCutchen’s double came moments after he was sent off.
Phils turned it into a defeat when they took advantage of some poor defense to score six runs for eighth. Three of them were brought to their land by Odubel Herrera. The Cubs used Eric Sogaard on the hill in the 9th and ceded the Reptiles to Hoskins and Alec Boom while the Phil continued to pour.
Homer Boom was his first since May 6.
“It was nice to see our attack explode for some extra runs and give us some time to breathe,” said Girardi.
Girardi has been in a lot of heat with moves that have gone wrong this season, but the Phillies captain pressed some of the right buttons in this one.
JT Realmuto gave a rest and started Knapp behind the board.
Knapp smashed a long home run to the right to get Velez on the board in the third inning.
Matt Moore started with the Phillies and only went four rounds before coming out for a pinch hitter in the fifth. Although the Phils got nothing from this threat, Girardi’s decision to task Connor Brogdon with two rounds of rest paid off when the right-hander put a few important zeros in a close match.
Archie Bradley followed Brogdon with a negative seventh game. Gerardi used Jose Alvarado in an eight-game match in the eighth and the mercurial left allowed a solo home return for Javier Páez. A week ago, Alvarado was the closest of the team. Now, Ranger Suarez will get a chance to be the man the next time a save situation arises. If you’re keeping score, that’s the number closest to 3.
“I will use Alvarado in important situations, now in the seventh or eighth game,” Gerardi said. “If I have to close with him, I’ll seal with him if the Ranger falls. I’m not afraid to finish with Alvarado. I believe in him. I know he’s had a few tough runs, but his stuff is excellent.”
The Phillies will be looking to get it straight over the Cubs on Tuesday night. Shooting match for the Phils team where Aaron Nola will face Jake Arrieta.
Having spent the previous three seasons with the Phils, Arrieta has returned to Cubs this season and has been one of the worst shooters in baseball. He’s run in the 8.31 afternoons six times in June – the opposing hitters clocked a 0.980 OPS – and will hold an ERA total of 5.57 in the competition.
The Phils have six more games left on this wild ride – three against the Cubs and three against the Red Sox – that will take them to their All-Star break. They need to keep winning as the front office plans the trade deadline strategy.