The Cubs dropped 3 of 4 against the Phillis in Philadelphia this weekend and are now 25-39 and a whopping 12 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. Only the Houston Astros have a worse record than the Cubs in all of baseball.
Sean Marshall, who had been so reliable all season long, finally had a hiccup in Sunday’s 4-3 loss. Marshall surrendered a 2-run single to Ryan Howard in the 7th inning that gave the Phillies their 1st lead of the game. The loss wasted a golden chance to split the series between the Phillies. They took a 3-0 lead off of Roy Oswalt in the 1st inning on a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez 2-run home run. But the Cubs never pushed another run across the board the rest of the way. Doug David was in line to get his 1st win of the season despite a poor outing – he allowed 5 hits and walked 5 hitters, but kept the damage to a minimum by allowing just 2 ER in 5 innings. But at least he didn’t get the loss – for the 1st time in 6 starts…
On Saturday, Matt Garza looked much better in his 2nd straight since returning from the DL. He went 6 innings, allowing just 1 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning but kept the Phillies off the board through his final 5 innings of work. Sean Marshall struggled by allowing 2 ER on 3 hits in the 7th inning and Casey Coleman was not much better – 3 ER on 2 hits and a walk in the 8th.
It does not get much easier for the Cubs this week. They host the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers for 4 games at Wrigley Field starting tonight and then the Yankees for 3 games over the weekend.