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BACK TO REALITY

July 22, 2009
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After the Cubs disposed of Washington, they headed over to Philadelphia to take on the defending champion Phillies. Heading into the series, the Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in the league winning 8 straight games. The Cubs, who were really swinging the bats well, came out flat with a 10-1 loss. Ted Lilly, the clubs most consistent pitcher just did not have it. He lasted only 4 innings giving up 9 runs (7 earned). He had been given a couple of extra days off after the all-star break due to inflammation in the knee and that might have had an affect on his performance.

Game2 looked alot more promising with Rich Harden taking the hill and only allowing 1 run, but once again the Cubs offense looked anemic putting up 1 run in 13 innings. That gave the Cubs a total of 2 runs scored in the 22 innings played against Philadelphia. That is not gonna get it done. The bright spot, other than Harden, was the performance of the bullpen. They pitched 5.1 scorless innings before allowing a game-ending 3 run homer in the 13th.

The final game saw Carlos Zambrano, winner of his last 2, on the mound. Zambrano did not have his best stuff, but managed to hang on long enough to pick up the victory 10-5. The victory gave Zambrano a 7-4 record and his third straight win. He gave up 5 runs(4 earned), and ten hits in 6 innings. The Cubs were able to salvage the final game of the series and they now have Thursday off before heading to Cincinnati

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  1. July 25, 2009 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the link Brad!! I don’t miss many games, but this will be nice for when I’m away for a few days!!
    Good stuff!
    Go Cubs!

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