Phils Take Series vs Cubs Despite Independence Day Dud

With June behind them. The Phillies will embark on a 6-game road trip. The trip began in Chicago on Tuesday night with the Cubs.


Trea Turner hit two long home runs, and the major league-leading Phillies hung on to beat the struggling Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night. The Phillies played without injured sluggers Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwaber. They got the pop they needed from Turner and a terrific performance by Michael Mercado (1-0) in his first major league start. But it got close in the ninth.

José Ruiz gave up singles to Michael Busch and Cody Bellinger before Seiva Suzuki smacked a three-run homer. Jeff Hoffman then struck out Ian Happ and Christopher Morel before retiring Dansby Swanson on a line drive to right for his seventh save. The Cubs lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Mercado pitched two-hit ball over five innings to earn his first career win. Garrett Stubbs gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the second, and Turner took over from there. Turner lined the first pitch of the third to about the 10th row of the bleachers in left-center.

He made it 5-1 with a towering two-run drive in the fifth against Hayden Wesneski (2-5), giving him 15 multihomer games. The two-time All-Star added an RBI single in the seventh. Mercado permitted one run in his second career appearance. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two.

Mercado walked a batter and gave up a single to Suzuki in the first. In between, right fielder Nick Castellanos made a terrific, backhanded catch while crashing into the ivy to rob Bellinger of an extra-base hit. Mercado pitched out of that jam. The only other hit he allowed was Bellinger’s RBI double in the third.

Gregory Soto, Orion Kerkering, and Yunior Marte each worked a perfect inning before Ruiz ran into trouble. The Cubs finished with five hits after being held to two in a 7-1 loss at NL Central-leading Milwaukee on Sunday.

Wesneski went five innings, allowing five runs and five hits. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in his fifth start this season and 22nd appearance.


Edmundo Sosa broke a tie with a short sacrifice fly in the eighth, Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI single, and the Phillies topped the struggling Cubs 5-3 on Wednesday night. Trea Turner easily scored from third on Sosa’s 261-foot fly to put the Phillies ahead when rookie center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong’s throw was well up the first base line.

Crow-Armstrong’s left and throwing hand had been cut on a slide when he stole third in the fourth inning and was spiked by Merrifield. The Phillies and manager Rob Thomson knew it. Turner, who missed six weeks with a left hamstring strain, said he’s feeling good after getting two hits and scoring two runs against Chicago.

All-Star Alec Bohm hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot, and finished with two hits as the Phillies won their third straight. Philadelphia backup catcher Rafael Marchán hit a homer and doubled in his 12th game since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 11 after three-time All-Star J.T. Realmuto was hurt.

The Phillies, with the majors’ best record at 57-29, improved to 4-1 without All-Star Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber. Crow-Armstrong drove in two runs with a pair of doubles for the last-place Cubs, who dropped their third straight and eighth in 10. Cody Bellinger had two hits and an RBI.

Crow-Armstrong said he didn’t expect to miss time with “a good slice.” Manager Craig Counsell wasn’t sure. Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out seven and walking two. Matt Strahm (4-1) pitched the seventh and won despite allowing a run-on Bellinger’s game-tying single.

José Alvarado worked around a single in the ninth for his 13th save. Center fielder Johan Rojas made a diving catch of Nico Hoerner’s liner for the second out. Tyson Miller (2-1), who allowed Philadelphia’s two runs in the eighth, took the loss.

Cubs starter Shota Imanaga yielded three runs on six hits, struck out eight, and walked one in six innings. The left-hander delivered a second straight solid outing after being shelled for 11 runs by the Mets on June 21.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second on doubles down the right-field line by Happ and Crow-Armstrong. Marchán’s solo shot to left center tied it in the third. Turner led off the sixth with a single. Bohm followed with a drive 415 feet to the left-center off a low fastball to put Philadelphia ahead 3-2.

4th Of July

Ian Happ hit three-run homers from both sides of the plate for a career-high six RBI, and the struggling Cubs pounded the major league-leading Phillies 10-2 to avoid a three-game sweep on Thursday.

The Cubs came into the season expecting to contend for the NL Central championship. Instead, they’re last in the division. But they gave the Wrigley Field crowd of 40,143 plenty to cheer on July Fourth.

Chicago trailed 2-0 when Happ connected from the right side against starter Cristopher Sánchez during a five-run fourth inning. Happ struck out again batting left-handed in the fifth against Seranthony Domínguez, making it 8-2 and giving him 14 career multi-homer games.

It was the second time Happ went deep from both sides of the plate. He also singled and doubled to finish 4 for 4. Happ got off to a slow start this season. But over 35 games since May 26, he is second in the majors with 36 RBI.

Jameson Taillon (5-4) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none. Seiva Suzuki scored three times and the Cubs came away with an easy win after dropping eight of 10. They also stopped a seven-game losing streak against the Phillies dating to last season.

Philadelphia’s Brandon Marsh singled home a run in the first. Nick Castellanos made it 2-0 in the fourth with a rocket to left center for his 12th home run, but Sánchez (6-4) simply didn’t have it coming off a shutout against Miami last week and his first career complete game.

The left-hander got tagged for seven runs and seven hits after going 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his previous three starts. He exited with no out in the fifth after Cody Bellinger and Suzuki singled.

Happ broke open the game when he greeted Domínguez with a drive to the right for his 13th homer. He became the first Cubs player to connect from both sides since Victor Caratini in a loss at Pittsburgh on July 3, 2019.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.