Phillies lose 4-3 to Cubs
Ryne Sandberg had a terrific time in his first game back at
Wrigley Field since he became the interim manager of the
His second game didn’t go so well.
Cliff Lee struggled to get through five innings and Zach Miner
surrendered Starlin Castro’s tiebreaking homer in the sixth as
Philadelphia lost 4-3 to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
”It was a strange game,” Lee said. ”We kept taking the lead
and I kept giving it back twice. They battled and drew some walks
and had some deep counts.”
Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, spent most of his
playing career with the Cubs. He received several rounds of cheers
in his return on Friday, and the Phillies rallied for a 6-5
But Saturday’s loss left him with a 9-7 record since he took
over after Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16.
Michael Young collected three more hits for Philadelphia, which
has split its last six games. Young went 4 for 5 in the Phillies’
6-5 victory in the series opener and is batting .588 (10 for 17) in
four games against the Cubs this season.
Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight day, giving him
five on the year, but Philadelphia still lost at Wrigley Field for
the first time since 2011. The Phillies had won five in a row at
the cozy neighborhood ballpark.
Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice
fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the
All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin
Barney had two hits apiece.
Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Miner (0-1) to the center field
batter’s eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive through a
steady wind was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee and
gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.
”I’ve been kind of struggling,” Castro said. ”It’s been a
long time since that happened, so I’m pretty happy.”
Castro went 2 for 5 for his second consecutive multihit game.
The shortstop is batting a career-low .242, but the homer against
the Phillies was one of his hardest-hit balls this year.
”If he can put that kind of swing on that ball to center with
the wind blowing in, that was nice and that’s your game winner”
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ”Balls are coming of the bat like it
did a couple of years ago and last year.”
Carlos Villanueva (3-8) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and
Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances. Five
Cubs relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball.
”Villanueva got four huge outs and then you can match up to get
to your setup guy and closer and set what happens,” Sveum
”Obviously (home wins) haven’t been coming around too much
lately,” he added. ”So it was nice to get the lead and all the
relievers did a great job and we made the plays when we had
It turned into a battle of the bullpens after Lee and Chris
Rusin of the Cubs each allowed three runs, two earned, in five
Gillespie drove in Welington Castillo with the last of three
consecutive singles in the second, tying it at 1. Castillo had a
tying RBI single in the third, and Gillespie’s sacrifice fly in the
fifth made it 3-3.
Lee allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked three. The
2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is 1-4 with a 3.98 ERA in his last
”He just seemed a little out of sync the whole start, throwing
a lot of pitches, missing just off the plate,” Sandberg said
”He’s a guy that usually pitches ahead in the count and goes after
it and pounds the zone.”
Lee agreed that it was an odd day for him.
”It was a strange game in the fact that they waited out some
pitches that were right there just out of the strike zone and they
were being called ball consistently,” Lee said. ”It didn’t seem
like I ever got a good break as far as them chasing a good
Frandsen gave the Phillies the lead with a line drive to left in
the second, and Carlos Ruiz had a run-scoring double in the third
after first baseman Anthony Rizzo committed a costly two-out
Young made it 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI triple that got past
Gillespie in the right-field corner. He also had a tiebreaking RBI
single in the ninth inning in the series opener.
But Young also committed an error in the third that led to
Castillo’s tying hit.
NOTES: Phillies OF Domonic Brown struck out swinging in the
ninth as a pinch hitter. The All-Star slugger was out of the
starting lineup after he left the series opener due to soreness in
his right Achilles tendon. ”I’m probably going to feel it the rest
of the year,” Brown said. … Philadelphia 3B Cody Asche (right
hamstring strain) was ready to return to the lineup, but Sandberg
decided to give him another day with a lefty pitching for the