The Windy City was not kind to the Philadelphia Phillies. In a Memorial Day weekend matchup, the Phillies were swept by the Cubs in a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
On Friday, the Cubs took a first inning lead and never looked back all weekend. With Adam Morgan on the mound, Jorge Soler gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the first inning. The Phillies were able to tie the game 1-1 in the third inning with a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Maikel Franco. In the fourth inning, the Cubs put the game out of reach with a solo home run from Soler and a three-run home run from David Ross- eliciting a curtain call as it was HR # 100 for the veteran backstop. The Phillies would tack on another run with a RBI single from Franco, but the Phillies would fall to the Cubs, 6-2.
Jerad Eickoff was the starter for Philadelphia on Saturday as he took on MLB’s best. Just like Morgan the night before, the Cubs offense was no match for Philadelphia’s pitchers. The Cubs flew to a 3-0 lead by the end of the second inning thanks to a home run by Dexter Fowler and doubles from Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward. Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks held the Phillies bats to five hits over a complete game, nine-innings pitched. The lone run he gave up was in the ninth inning when Ryan Howard struck out and was able to advance to first base on the pitch,as Freddy Galvis alertly stole home. The Phillies lost to Chicago, 4-1.
With the sweep in sight, Chicago sent out John Lackey to face Philadelphia’s Vince Velasquez. Velasquez struggled mightily, allowing seven earned runs over 4.2 innings pitched. While the Phillies bullpen shut down the Cubs for the rest of the game, the damage was already done. Lackey on the other hand was strong, pitching seven innings of one-run baseball. His only blemish was a solo home run to Tyler Goeddel in the seventh inning. The Phillies scored one more run in the ninth inning, a home run by first baseman Tommy Joseph. The Phillies lost 7-2, and the series 0-3.
The Phillies head back home after a disastrous 1-5 road trip. The face the Nationals for a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Game one of the series is Monday, Memorial Day at 7:05pm.