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Offense By Ambien: Cubs 5, Phillies 1

(Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
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The Phillies failed to exploit a first-and-third, no out situation in the first, and watched the Cubs dink-and-dunk Roy Halladay to death, as the Phillies fell to the Cubs by a score of 5-1.

Halladay struck out five in seven innings, and allowed three runs, without too terribly many hard hit balls. The Phillies only got on the board with a Ty Wigginton solo home run in the seventh. Paul Maholm went 6 1/3 innings and only managed a single strikeout, but walked none and induced a mind-boggling 15 grounders, a recipe for success. In total, the Phillies offense managed zero bases on balls against the Cubs, including their pyroclastic bullpen.

The Phillies 3-4-5 hitters -- Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino -- was 0-for-12.

Annoying Cubs center fielder Tony Campana scored the game's first two runs, the first in the fourth after a bunt single for the game's first hit.

The Cubs tacked on two extra runs in the top of the ninth thanks to a defensive miscue from Hunter Pence on a sinking liner from Reed Johnson with two outs. With Geovany Soto on first and Michael Schwimer pitching, Pence attempted a diving catch, but the ball got past him for a triple, allowing Soto to score. David DeJesus then drove Johnson home for the game's fifth run.

Try again tomorrow.



Source: FanGraphs