The three game series in the city of brotherly love wrapped up this afternoon with John Lackey taking on former Astro Vince Velasquez. Vince would get Dexter Fowler to fly out deep to right field for the first out of the game but would leave he game due to a bicep injury. Brett Oberholtzer enters the game and gets the next two batters out. Lackey doesn’t start off that smoothly giving up back to back singles to Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez. With an on first and third, Freddy Galvis sends one to Albert Almora on his first day starting for the out, throwing Herrera out at home scored as 7-2 double play. Lackey gets Maikel Franco to fly out to end the first. Both men would have a quick second inning with Lackey giving up the only hit of the inning.
Montero leads off the 3rd with a single to center and moves to third when Baez does the same. Lackey steps in the box and sends a sharp ground ball right to second baseman Hernandez who immediately throws home to catch Montero trying to score for the first out of the inning. Fowler comes up to bat with two men on but grounds into a 4-3 double play. Lackey gets his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Brett starts the fourth inning by walking Jason Heyward but with Bryant lining out, Rizzo grounds into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Lackey continues into the fourth retiring six consecutive batters. Ben Zobrist leads off the fifth with a leadoff single to center. Almora flys out but Montero reaches on an error by the pitcher. Baez sends a single to left scoring Zo for the first run of the game. Andrew Bailey enters the game for the Phillies striking out Lackey then getting Fowler to ground out to end the inning. Lackey takes it to nine consecutive batters to close the fifth inning out. Heyward leads off the sixth with a single to right and then scores on Kris Bryant’s 14th home run of the season. Rizzo grounds output Zo hits his 8th home run of the season. That would be all for the Cubs but they are up 4-0. Lackey is now at 12 retired in a row.
Colton Murray enters the game for the Phillies giving up a double to Javier Baez but gets the next three batters out. Lackey pushes it to 15 straight batters retired. Bryant leads off the 8th with a single to right and scores on Rizzo’s 12th double to left field. With one out, Almora sends one right back at the pitcher deflected by he pitcher giving Albert his first RBI of the season. Montero gets on by a base on balls. Colton throws a wild pitch moving both men up base each. Baez sends one up the middle for a two RBI single, trying to make it two, Herera throws it to Freddy Galvis who flips it to Herrera for the second out of the game. The Cubs are up 8-0.
Pedro Strop replaces Lackey striking out the side. Elvis Araujo enters the top of the ninth getting Fowler to ground out. Heyward would grab a single but Bryant and Rizzo would strike out to end the inning. Clayton Richard enters the game for the Cubs walking Tommy Joseph who ends up at second on a passed ball by Montero. Herrera sends Joseph to third but gets the first out of the inning. Hernandez grounds out but pushes Joseph across home for the Phillies first run of the game. Freddy Galvis steps into the box sending a ground ball to Bryant to Rizzo to end the game. Cubs win 8-1
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