Despite having an early lead, The Chicago Cubs lost the series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ben Zobrist led off the 1st reaching first on an error, Kyle Schwarber walked, bringing up Kris Bryant with two on, nobody out, who singled. Bringing up Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded, no outs. Rizzo gave the Cubs the early lead with a two RBI single. Tommy La Stella batted next, with still no outs, who reached on a fielders choice, and drove in KB. 3-0 Cubs, with only one out. Javier Baez walked, leaving two on for Jason Heyward, who walked getting the bases loaded, again, for catcher Rene Rivera. Rivera struck out, bringing up John Lackey, who got to bat before he even got to throw his first pitch. He grounded out, ending the inning at 3-0 Cubs.
Rizzo walked to lead off the 5th, followed by a La Stella single (who had a lengthy, 11 pitch at bat), bringing up El Mago Javy Baez, who lined into a triple play, ending the inning. Cubs still lead 3-0 going to the bottom of the 5th.
An error by KB in the bottom of the 5th led to having men on the corners and no outs. A wild pitch led to the Phillies getting on the board. They now had two men on, one out, and trailed by two. Another wild pitch left the runners on third and second, with one out. Freddy Galvis then brought them in with an RBI single, tying the game. A two home run gave them the lead, 3-5.
The Phillies added to their lead due to a solo home run in the 8th, making it 3-6 for the final score.
With Lackey pitching, you never know what you’re going to get with him. He may be marvelous, or he may be awful. In this case, he was the same old, pre All Star Game, Lackey He struck out some, gave up some hits, and in the 5th, gave the Phillies run after run, giving up the lead he had had for the previous 4 innings. He’s not the only person the blame rests on though. That KB error, as well as Rivera, shoulder some of it as well. KB’s been making lots of errors recently, and Rivera has only been a Cub a week. There’s a reason for Rivera’s errors. He’s not totally familiar with the pitchers yet. Bryant has no excuse though. If they play like this, against the team with the worst record in MLB, then how are they going to perform in September, and possibly October?
The Cubbies remain at 69 wins, and remain in first in the NL Central. They go back home to Wrigley, where they’ll host Pittsburgh and Atlanta.