National League Game Summary - Chicago at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, August 7th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Donnie Murphy's three-run homer in the
ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia
Phillies on Wednesday.
With two on and two out in the ninth, Murphy clubbed a homer deep of
Justin De Fratus to deep left field, capping a 3-for-3, four-RBI performance
which also included an early solo homer. Junior Lake had two hits and an RBI
for the Cubs, who snapped a five-game losing skid.
"I knew he didn't want to put another guy one, I knew I had an advantage after
facing him last night and he just gave me a good pitch to hit," said Murphy.
Pedro Strop (2-1) tossed a scoreless eighth to get the win and Kevin Gregg
spun a perfect ninth frame to nail down his 23rd save of the season.
Luis Garcia (0-1) was charged with the loss after putting two runners on in
the ninth inning,
"We have guys in that bullpen that are going to be good, we just don't know
who they are right now," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
Starter Cole Hamels gave up just two runs on six hits without issuing a walk
over seven innings. Over his last seven starts, Hamels is just 2-2 despite
posting 2.16 earned run average.
Domonic Brown crushed a leadoff homer into the bullpen in right-center field
to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Murphy's first homer
of the night tied things up in the third.
Murphy sliced a line drive down the right field line that bounced off the top
railing on the fence and bounced into the foul pole before landing in the
Chicago took the lead in the fifth inning. Cody Ransom hit a leadoff double,
Murphy was plunked, then Ransom moved to third on Travis Wood's groundout
before scoring on Lake's base hit to shallow center.
The Phils managed to tie the game in the seventh. John Mayberry doubled to
start, moved to third on an Erik Kratz flyout before scoring on Chase Utley's
pinch-hit single to center field.
After Michael Young followed with a walk, Kevin Frandsen laced a single to
right field. Utley rounded third and broke for home, sliding into the plate as
Cubs catcher Dionner Navarro fielded Cole Gillespie's throw. At the last
second, Utley popped out of his slide and drove his shoulder through Navarro's
chest, bending the catcher's ankle awkwardly.
Navarro held on to the throw and recorded the out, but was carted off the
field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative. The
injury is considered a contusion.
Cubs outfielder Thomas Neal also left the game in the seventh inning with a
dislocated right shoulder ... Murphy had just one homer entering the contest
... The Cubs were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position ... Brown joined
Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen as the only two Phillies players to hit at least
25 homers in a season at age 25-or-younger ... Philadelphia went 2-for-8 with
RISP and left nine runners on base ... Prior to the game, MLB.com reported
that the Phillies and Utley had agreed to terms on a contract extension.
According to that report, the club has been discussing an extension with
the fan-favorite second baseman for several weeks. General manager Ruben Amaro
Jr. has frequently stated that he envisioned Utley as a "Phillie for life",
but terms of the deal were not available.
08/08 00:54:08 ET