Another Scorefest in Chicago

Another scorefest in Chicago as the Phillies win,15-10. The Philadelphia Phillies have found their offense and post a 15-10 victory that leads Chicago to their 11th consecutive loss. Former Phillie, Jake Arrieta couldn’t make it out of the second inning going 1 2/3 innings with 6 hits, 7 earned runs a pair of walks but striking out 4.

To the Action

Andrew McCutchen had the big blow with a first-inning grand slam. Philly kept their foot on the gas and ran to a 7-0 lead after two at-bats when Travis Jankowski scored on an error and Rhys Hoskins (3 for 5, 4 RBI) stroked a two-run double. Nic Pederson made it 7-1 with an RBI double in the third followed by a KrisBryant RBI single and a Javier Baez sac fly that cut it to 7-3.

Bryce Harper (5 for 6, 4 RBI) stroked a two-run double and Hoskins plated run number nine with a sac fly. The white-hot Baez connected on his first homer of the night but Hoskins would have an answer with a Mammoth home run that made 10-4. Jean Segura (4 for 6, 2RBI) stroked a two-run single before Bryce Harper did something he hasn’t done all year. Homered with men on base! 

“I didn’t really realize it until I got to 13 and [Andrew] Knapp said ‘Hey, man, you know you haven’t hit a homer with guys on base yet?’ I was like ‘Man, I’ve been that bad with guys on base, huh?’” Harper said. “To be able to come into the dugout today and Knapp said, ‘Hey, you did it. Finally.’ Here we go. Hopefully I can do that a couple more times.”

The Climax

Pederson picked up another RBI and Baez slammed a second home run and the Cubs were chipping away. But, it was a case of too little, too late. Aaron Nola went 6 innings surrendering 6 hits, 4 runs a walk, and striking out 8. Bailey Falter actually faltered a bit in his 1 2/3 innings allowing 5 runs off a half dozen hits. Jean Segura was in the lead-off spot as OdubelHerrera will have “a few days off”. Harper tied a career-high with his five hits and in just this game raised his batting average from .267 to a more respectable .282. The Phils have scored 28 runs in the two games with Chicago. Another scorefest in Chicago hopefully it continues.

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