Cubs look lost in three-game sweep to Phillies
After Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in yesterday’s game, many fans were calling for the team to trade for him immediately. This series may have been an indicator the Cubs aren’t ready to “go for it” with a blockbuster trade. The team with the worst record in baseball just swept the Cubs as they blowout them out 11-5.
The Cubs (51-46) continue to struggle at the plate, and now in the last two days the pitching hasn’t been able to hold up its end either. Not a convincing series to go out and trade for a big name. Jason Hammel (5-5, 3.20) allowed six runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. The Phillies looked like the better team, as it didn’t matter who the Cubs ran out to the mound, they got hit and hit hard.
Travis Wood and Yoervis Medina weren’t effective either, as the veteran David Ross was the only pitcher to not allow a run in mop-up duty for the Cubs. He also homered on the ninth after the game was well decided.
The Phillies (37-63) have come out of the break like they’re on a mission. Rookie Aaron Nola (1-1, 3.29) was solid, allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings in picking up his first win. Dominic Brown and Maikel Franco each drove in three while Ryan Howard hit his 18th home run of the season for the Phils.
This stretch against under .500 teams was supposed to be the opportunity for the Cubs to gain ground, but so far it hasn’t worked that way. They’ll try to regroup as the Colorado Rockies will come into town for a three-game series.