After another fantastic home stand, the Chicago Cubs made their way to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. It was a rematch from May 27th’s showdown between Lester and Morgan which pretty much resulted in the same outcome.
Never count a team out until the third and final man is retired. Just when it looked like the Chicago Cubs were going to shut down the Philadelphia Phillies, Freddy Galvis cut the deficit down to three with a three-run homer in the home half of the ninth.
Reliever Justin Grimm gave up back-to-back singles to start things off only to deliver a meatball to Galvis. Galvis was quiet in the batter’s box prior to taking Grimm deep as Jon Lester struck him out three times.
Hector Rondon entered the game with an opportunity to record the save and gave up a home run to the first batter he went up against before striking out back-to-back hitters.
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Lester (7-3, 2.06 ERA), on the other hand, continued to dominate on the mound, holding the Phillies (28-30) to four hits, zero walks, and nine strikeouts in eight innings of work on top of doubling in the fourth.
Third baseman, Kris Bryant had himself a solid night at the dish, finishing the evening 3-for-5 with an RBI and two long doubles. His first hit of the evening was originally called a two-run homer but it would be reviewed and overturned due to fan interference.
Outfielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler came around to score on the hit by Bryant, giving the Cubs (40-16) an early 1-0 lead.
We’ll skip to the top of the fourth inning where Jason Heyward crushed his third home run of the season — 100th career total, extending Chicago’s lead to 3-0. His first career big fly came against the Cubs when he made his big league debut with the Atlanta Braves back in 2010.
He later turned on a pitch and almost had his second home run of the game but the ball died down on the warning track out in left-center field. First baseman Anthony Rizzo accounted for two of Chicago’s RBI with a single in the seventh and ninth inning.
Matt Szczur laid down a sacrifice bunt following Rizzo’s run-scoring base knock to make it 5-0 in the seventh. Szczur entered the game to replace Jorge Soler who left the game after sustaining a hamstring injury.