Phillies 9, Cubs 1
What Went Wrong
Ryan Dempster struggled from the start and lasted only three innings. He hurt himself by walking three and surrendered six earned runs.
Vance Worley helped himself with a two out double in the second with nobody on base. The Phillies ended up scoring three runs in the inning, which should have been over with two down and the pitcher batting.
The Cubs scratched out just one hit in the first six innings against Worley, failing to take advantage of a hitter’s day. It was the first time Worley ever faced the Cubs.
Carlos Pena was charged with two errors on a very sloppy play in the sixth inning which led to a Phillies run.
Alfonso Soriano bounced into a double play to end the seventh, the only frame in which the Cubs scratched out a run.
Jimmy Rollins homered from both sides of the plate to lead the charge. His longball against Grabow in the eighth immediately made it an eight run game again, just after the Cubs had picked up a run.
What Went Right
- Ramon Ortiz ate up three innings and did a decent job, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned.
- Geovany Soto broke up Worley’s no-hitter in the fifth inning. Later in the game, Geo picked up the team’s only RBI.
The Cubs put together a string of baserunners in the seventh and were able to pick up a run.
Darwin Barney lashed a double to lead-off the eighth.
Kerry Wood worked a shutout inning.
I know the conditions were difficult for pitching, but I was really disappointed with Dempster’s outing today. He needs to cut down on the walks and start keeping the Cubs in games with more consistency. Today was the type of game you expect to see when the best team in the league meets up with one of the worst.
Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Vance Worley (.146 WPA)
2nd Star – Ryan Howard (.098 WPA)
3rd Star – Michael Martinez (.097 WPA)