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ApoCOLEypse - Cubs 8, Phillies 4

The Cubs claim their COLEateral, use the long ball to their advantage in crushing win...

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It was a COLEd, dark night in Chicago, as some Cole on Cole combat led to a disappointing outcome for the Phillies.

Phillie great, Cole Hamels, started on the bump for Chicago, and, while lacking his best stuff, tossed an average 4 innings for the Cubs.

Things began COLErfully for the Phils, as a leadoff double from Andrew McCutchen COLEaboratively led into a ground-rule double by JT Realmuto, netting the Phillies an early run.

Cole Irvin, who began on the mound for the Phils, looked excellent through his first two frames, as well.

In the 3rd inning, the Phillies struck again, as a leadoff double by Jean Segura trailed to a bunt single from Bryce Harper.

Rhys Hoskins then stepped to the plate and knocked in Segura, while a single from Cesar Hernandez plated Harper, giving Philadelphia the 3-0 advantage.

Yet, everything changed in the bottom of the 3rd, when Anthony Rizzo blasted a COLEossal 3-run home run to right field, tying this one up.

Cole Irvin then “cruised,” rather roughly, through two more innings, until he hit the bottom of the 5th.

He launched a hard-hit double to left, walked Anthony Rizzo, and walked Wilson Contreras. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, he tossed a first pitch sitter to Albert Almora Jr. COLEating four more runs for Chicago on a grand slam, securing them a 7-3 lead.

Late home runs by Andrew McCutchen and Javier Baez rounded out the COLEctive scoring with late solo shots, bringing us to our conclusive ending of 8-4.

The Cole Bowl, overall, was a let down, and I send my conCOLEnces to my fellow Philly COLEonials.