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Phils Hold off Cubs 9-8

 
Phils Hold off Cubs 9-8

By:David Malandra(@@djmjr788)

     Fox1470.com Phillies Contributor

After getting swept by the Braves during alumni weekend, the Phillies opened up a 3 game series with the Chicago Cubs from Citizens Bank Park. Before the game, the Phillies active Dom Brown from the DL & placed designated Laynce Nix for assignment. The Pitching matchup was Kyle Kendrick against Cubs Edwin Jackson. Charlie Manuel shake the lineup, Darin Ruf got start in right field, Dom brown back in the lineup batting  4th in left field, Cody Asche back at 3rd base, Michael Young at 1st Base & leading off the game.  
 
The Game 1st hit game from the Phillies in the bottom of 1st inning with a Michael young double to lead off the game. The game 1st runs game in the bottom of 1st inning when Chase Utley singles to left scoring Michael Young for an early 1-0 lead. The Cubs would strike back in the 2nd inning when Welington Castillo reaches on a fielder's choice scoring Nate Schierholtz to tie game at 1 then Donnie Murphy hits 3 run home run scoring Welington Castillo & Darwin Barney to make it 4-1 Cubs at end of 2nd inning, the Phillies would respond when Pitcher Kyle Kendrick singles to right scoring Cody Asche to cut cubs lead to 4-2. The Cubs would respond when Anthony Rizzo hits solo home run to increase the cubs lead to 5-2. 

The Phillies responded for 2nd straight inning when Domonic Brown grounds out to shortstop scoring Chase Utley to cut Cubs lead to 5-3, then Darin Ruf hits double scoring Jimmy Rollins to make it a 1 run game at 5-4 cubs, on the play Ruf get thrown out at 3rd to make it a triple.

The Phillies would retake the lead in the 5th inning when Chase Utley hits a triple scoring Michael Young to tie the game at 5, then Phillies take lead again for 2nd time of game when Domonic Brown grounds out to 1st base scoring Chase Utley for a 6-5 lead, then Darin Ruf hits a solo homerun to left to increase Phillies lead 7-5. The Phillies would add another run in 6th inning when Michael Young doubles to right scoring Cody Asche to make it 8-5 Phillies. Phillies would add another insurance run when Carlos Ruiz hits solo home run to make it 9-5 Phillies.

The Phillies give theball to Papelbon to hold lead for Phillies, The Cubs would not go away in 9th inning when Nate Schierholtz singles to center scoring Logan Watkins & David DeJesus TO CUT Phillies lead to 9-7, then Starlin Castro reaches on a fielding error by Domonic Brown scoring Nate Schierholtz to make It 9-8 Phillies, Finally Papelbon gets Thomas Neal flies out to Domonic Brown to end the game, Phillies win 9-8, End 5 game losing streak.

Kyle Kendrick went 6 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 strikeouts on 105 Pitches. Cubs Edwin Jackson went 5 innings, 10 hits, 7 runs, 2 strikeouts on 92 pitches. The Phillies Play game 2 of series on Wednesday at 7:05 PM when Phillies send Cole Hamels against Travis Wood.  
 
Fans Feedback during the Game:  
 
1. Jessica on Twitter (‏@JessiDreamer17)” You know what? I don't even care about the 9th inning. All that matters is we WON. We won. We won. We on! YAY!!” 
 
2. John Vig on Twitter (@Viggyiboy) “Thank God we won”  
 
3. Zac on Twitter (@bigzv99) “I don't call that a win. I call that a pathetic game of barely scoring more run than the CUBS.” 
 
4. Kelly McGhee on Twitter (@KellyMcGhee528) “Nothing is easy for them, Utley looked good, Papelbon the whiner as usual struggled, It’s just Sux, I never thought the Phillies would be 17 games out” 
 
5. Jennifer Hasson (@PhilaJen) “Still felt like a Loss, Depressing”

6. Ashley (@ashcannoy) “A Wins a Win these days, Gotta take whatever we can get, Kendrick kept us in it you can say, Utley had a good game so did Cody Asche, Glad to see Dom Brown back, Papelbon ugh -_- someone needed to remind him that he didn’t come here for that” 
 
7 Brooke Miller on Twitter (@Brookie425) “it was nice to see the bats come to life a bit. Seems like Dom gave the offense a bit of a spark! A win is a win, and I'll take it”

WP: Kyle Kendrick (10-8)  
LP: Edwin Jackson (7-12)  
Time of game: 3:21 
Attendance at Citizens Bank Park: 36,841

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