Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Cubs 8


Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Cubs 8


The Phillies’ offense flexed its muscles for a change on Tuesday night in a 9-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park.

With eight runs and 13 hits, the Phillies matched their run total of the last three games, while snapping a five-game losing streak.

The victory is just the Phillies’ third in the 16 games since the All-Star break. At 51-61, the Phillies remained 17 games out in the NL East.

But the game was not without its drama. Closer Jonathan Papelbon struggled again in the ninth inning, allowing three runs to score in a non-save situation.

Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick made it through six innings, allowing five runs on six hits without a walk. In his last six starts, Kendrick has allowed 28 runs (25 earned) in 31 2/3 innings with 44 hits, five homers and 14 strikeouts.

During that six-game stretch, Kendrick is 3-3 with a 7.11 ERA.

For the Cubs, Edwin Jackson allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks in just five innings. Jackson struggled with his command, throwing 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes and surrendering a homer, three doubles and a triple.

Bullpen report
Lefty Jake Diekman allowed a hit and notched two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings before turning it over to Justin De Fratus with one out in the eighth. De Fratus gave up an infield single and a broken-bat bloop single before settling down to retire the last two hitters of the eighth.

Papelbon gave up three runs -- two earned -- along with three hits and a walk.

At the plate
Playing right field for the first time in his life, Darin Ruf went 2 for 3 with his fourth home run and an RBI double. Fellow rookie Cody Asche also had a pair of hits, including his first big-league, extra-base hit and a pair of runs.

Meanwhile, Dom Brown returned from the seven-day disabled list for a concussion and had two RBIs. Chase Utley also had two RBIs to go with two singles and a triple. Carlos Ruiz capped off the scoring with solo homer in the eighth.

The 12 hits are the most in a game for the Phillies since getting 15 against the Mets on July 19.

The Cubs scored four runs in the second inning on the strength of a three-run homer by No. 8 hitter, Donnie Murphy. It was Murphy’s first homer of the season in just his second game. Anthony Rizzo capped off the Cubs’ scoring with a solo homer in the third inning.

Up next
The series continues on Wednesday night when Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87) faces Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05). Hamels is coming off a tough-luck no-decision against the Giants in which he scattered seven hits and a walk for eight innings of shutout ball. Hamels was in line for the win until Papelbon allowed two runs in the ninth of a 2-1 loss.

Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts against the Cubs, though he has not faced them since 2010.

Wood has faced the Phillies twice during his career. The first time, in Wood’s third career start, he came within three outs of getting a perfect game on July 10, 2010 for the Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Ruiz broke up the no-hitter to lead off the ninth. Ruiz doubled again in the 11th inning to set up the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory for the Phillies.

Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning recovering from stroke

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Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning recovering from stroke

National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Phillies great Jim Bunning is recovering from a stroke, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bunning, who suffered the stroke Tuesday night in his Southgate, Kentucky, home, was moved from intensive care to a transitional care unit on Thursday night, per the report.

Bunning "has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery," the family said in a statement Friday.

"The Bunning family wants to thank the first responders and medical personnel who have been treating dad," the statement said. "We sincerely appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all who are concerned about our father’s health. However, so we can focus our efforts on dad’s recovery, we ask the press to respect our family’s privacy at this time. We will let everyone know as his health continues to improve."

The 84-year old is one of two Phillies pitchers to toss a perfect game in the organization’s history. He accomplished the feat on Father’s Day in 1964.

Along with the Phillies, Bunning played for the Tigers, Pirates and Dodgers in his 17-year career. The righthander, who was enshrined on the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1984, won 89 games and posted a 2.93 ERA in six seasons in Philadelphia. 

After his baseball days, Bunning started a career in politics. He served stints in Congress and the U.S. Senate before retiring in 2010.

MLB playoffs: Cubs advance to first World Series since 1945

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MLB playoffs: Cubs advance to first World Series since 1945

CHICAGO -- Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration inside Wrigley Field, outside the ballpark and all over the city.

Seeking their first crown since 1908, manager Joe Maddon's team opens the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven't won it all since 1948 - Cleveland and Cubs have the two longest title waits in the majors.

"This city deserves it so much," Rizzo said. "We got four more big ones to go, but we're going to enjoy this. We're going to the World Series. I can't even believe that."

All-everything Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester shared the NLCS MVP. Baez hit .318, drove in five runs and made several sharp plays at second base. Lester, a former World Series champion in Boston, was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.

Deemed World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then beat the Giants and Dodgers in the playoffs.

The Cubs overcame a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

The eternal "wait till next year" is over. No more dwelling on a history of failure - the future is now.

"We're too young. We don't care about it," star slugger Kris Bryant said. "We don't look into it. This is a new team, this is a completely different time of our lives. We're enjoying it and our work's just getting started."

Hendricks pitched two-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings. Chapman took over and closed with hitless relief, then threw both arms in the air as he was mobbed by teammates and coaches.

The crowd joined in, chanting and serenading their team.

"Chicago!" shouted popular backup catcher David Ross.

The Cubs shook off back-to-back shutout losses earlier in this series by pounding the Dodgers for 23 runs to win the final three games.

And they were in no way overwhelmed by the moment on Saturday, putting aside previous frustration.

In 1945, the Billy Goat Curse supposedly began when a tavern owner wasn't allowed to bring his goat to Wrigley. In 2003, the Cubs lost the final three games of the NLCS to Florida, punctuated with a Game 6 defeat when fan Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball.

Even as recently as 2012, the Cubs lost 101 times.

This time, no such ill luck.

Bryant had an RBI single and scored in a two-run first. Dexter Fowler added two hits, drove in a run and scored one.

Contreras led off the fourth with a homer. Rizzo continued his resurgence with a solo drive in the fifth.

That was plenty for Hendricks, the major league ERA leader.

Hendricks left to a standing ovation after Josh Reddick singled with one out in the eighth. The only other hit Hendricks allowed was a single by Andrew Toles on the game's first pitch.

Kershaw, dominant in Game 2 shutout, gave up five runs and seven hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. He fell to 4-7 in the postseason.

The Dodgers haven't been to the World Series since winning in 1988.

Pitching on five days' rest, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 30 pitches in the first. Fowler led off with a double, and Bryant's single had the crowd shaking the 102-year-old ballpark.

They had more to cheer when left fielder Andrew Toles dropped Rizzo's fly, putting runners on second and third, and Ben Zobrist made it 2-0 a sacrifice fly.

The Cubs added a run in the second when Addison Russell doubled to deep left and scored on a two-out single by Fowler.

Lineup shuffle
Maddon benched slumping right fielder Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr.

"Kershaw's pitching, so I wanted to get one more right-handed bat in the lineup, and also with Albert I don't feel like we're losing anything on defense," Maddon said. "I know Jason's a Gold Glover, but I think Albert, given an opportunity to play often enough would be considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, too."

Heyward was 2 for 28 in the playoffs - 1 for 16 in the NLCS.

Kerry Wood, wearing a Ron Santo jersey, threw out the first pitch and actor Jim Belushi delivered the "Play Ball!" call before the game. Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and actor John Cusack were also in attendance. And Bulls great Scottie Pippen led the seventh-inning stretch.