Cubs 2 @ Phillies 5

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to contribute to the VFTB community, and all I can say is: it’s good to be back! School is over for the year and baseball season in high gear. Couldn’t be happier!

The only thing that could make it better would be a Cubs win; however, that didn’t happen. I have a feeling that might be a common occurrence this year…

However, I didn’t get to watch the whole game. My little brother had his Junior Prom and I had to go to the grand march. So, I listened to the rest of the game. It was painful to hear Pat try to say “Papelbon” (it was more like “pop-le-bahn”).

Before the game even started, Steve Clevenger was placed on the DL with an oblique strain. Too bad, considering up until now he’s batting .500 with 5 doubles. Soto was experiencing some back tightness, and Dale Sveum mentioned having Barney catch if Soto had to be taken out. Thankfully, that crisis was averted and Wellington Castillo was called up from Peoria and made the start.

Batting: LaHair was looking good in the first with an RBI double. But then he proceeded to strike out in his next three plate appearances. He and Castro make a good 1-2 punch, but they’re the only punches we’re throwing. Nearly everybody had a hit. With 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, Reed Johnson was up and decided to bunt against Papelbon. He bunted. Against Papelbon. That was probably not the wisest decision to make in the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs. I don’t know if I’d rather watch him try to bunt or strike out looking with the bases loaded in that situation. Either way, Reed has made some less-than-spectacular decisions at the plate in the ninth inning.

Pitching: Randy Wells was kind of a disaster. He hit  Blanton the first time he faced him. Then with 2 outs and 2 on in the fourth, he walked him to load the bases, allowing Jimmy Rollins to have a 2 RBI double. Wells pitched 3 2/3, allowed the pitcher to reach base twice without even having to lift the bat off his shoulder. Bowden gave up a bomb to Carlos Ruiz in the 6th to seal their fate.

All in all, kind of a disappointing game to watch/listen to.

Random Nugget: Bryce Harper, the 19 year old left fielder for the Nationals, got the start tonight. He went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and a double. There wasn’t too much to criticize. The kid does need a haircut, though.

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec