Phillies 9, Cubs 2
Kyle Kendrick got less than a day to prepare for his first start
in a couple weeks, and he thought that was plenty of time.
Such is life for the long man on Philadelphia’s pitching
Kendrick threw six sparkling innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a
tiebreaking solo homer and the Phillies used Hector Luna’s first
career grand slam to pull away for a 9-2 victory over the Chicago
Cubs on Wednesday night.
”Felt good tonight. Carlos called a good game,” Kendrick said.
”I had a good game plan with these guys and it was nice to just be
a part of a win.”
Kendrick allowed an earned run and three hits in his first start
in 12 days as Philadelphia won its fourth consecutive game to
return to .500 for the first time since it beat Atlanta 4-0 on May
3. He also singled and scored the tying run in the fifth.
Kendrick was subbing for Vance Worley, who was placed on the
disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation. He found out
about the start on Tuesday, but said he has found out he was
starting as little as a half-hour before a game.
”He did a good job, did a super job,” Phillies manager Charlie
Hunter Pence opened the eighth with a long fly ball off Shawn
Camp (2-2) that left fielder Alfonso Soriano caught on the warning
track, delighting the Wrigley Field crowd of 38,678. But Ruiz
followed with a bit longer drive that reached the bleachers in left
for his seventh homer, one more than he had all of last year.
Luna then capped Philadelphia’s six-run ninth inning with a
drive off Michael Bowden in his first at-bat with the Phillies, who
just promoted the backup infielder on Friday.
”The fact of the matter is we have guys pitching in roles they
probably shouldn’t be pitching in,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
”It’s tough. They’ve never had to do this before and they’re
thrown into this mix all of a sudden. It’s not the easiest thing to
Jose Contreras (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh, Antonio Bastardo
worked the eighth and Raul Valdes finished the three-hitter.
Soriano connected for the second straight day for Chicago, which
has dropped four of six. Matt Garza allowed two runs and eight hits
in 6 2-3 innings.
”Just have to get better at finishing guys off,” Garza said.
”I left a lot of two strike counts and let them get back into
The Cubs grabbed the lead in the fourth, taking advantage of an
embarrassing error by Juan Pierre. With one out and none on, Bryan
LaHair ended a 14-pitch at-bat with a routine fly ball to left that
Pierre dropped. LaHair hustled over to second and Soriano followed
with a drive into the first row in left field, making it 2-1.
Soriano was still looking for his first homer before he
connected in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 7-6 loss at St. Louis,
ending a drought of 119 at-bats.
Soriano’s shot was the only mistake by Kendrick, who allowed
three hits, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander had
pitched just one inning since his previous start at Washington on
”I just wanted to go as deep as I can, give us a chance to win
the game,” he said.
Philadelphia (19-19), which has won five consecutive NL East
titles, is off to a slow start due in part to several key injuries.
Sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have yet to play this season,
Jim Thome is out with back problems and left-hander Cliff Lee was
just activated from the DL last week. Third baseman Placido Polanco
left Wednesday’s victory with a bruised left knee and is day to
Kendrick helped himself in the fifth, dropping a leadoff single
into right field. Wearing a red jacket to combat the unseasonably
cool conditions, he advanced to third on Pierre’s one-out double
and scored on Shane Victorino’s infield hit, tying it at 2.
NOTES: Phillies 1B John Mayberry, Jr. made a diving stop to rob
LaHair of a hit in the sixth. … Reliever Joe Savery was recalled
from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Worley’s spot on the roster.
Savery has no record and a 4.50 ERA in eight games with the
Phillies this season. … The Cubs placed reliever Lendy Castillo
on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and recalled
LHP Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa. Castillo’s DL stint is
retroactive to May 12. … INF Blake DeWitt, who was cut by the
Cubs on May 6, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Iowa. …
Philadelphia traded OF Rich Thompson to Tampa Bay for minor league
OF Kyle Hudson. … Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (3-3) is scheduled to
start the finale of the two-game series on Thursday night. Halladay
is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA in three career starts at Wrigley Field. He
will be opposed by RHP Chris Volstad (0-5), who is still searching
for his first win with the Cubs.
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