For the third game in a row, the Phillies blew a lead with a member of the bullpen on the hill. And for the third game in a row, the Phillies lost.
The 3-2 loss to the Cubs came with an Alfonso Soriano home run in the eighth inning. Before that homer, a controversial call denied what should’ve scored the Phils’ third run. But really, these little things aren’t the story. The story is a faulty bullpen — yet again — bad managerial decisions and an offense that can’t do a little more than expected.
To the Phils credit, they knocked Cubs starter Rich Harden out of the game after five innings. They were patient, walked, got runners on base. They scored in the first via a Pat Burrell RBI single. Then they scored in the fifth via a throwing error from a Ryan Howard single. Up 2-1, Joe Blanton couldn’t escape the sixth inning (walking five in the game), bringing on Scott Eyre. The usually reliable former Cub walked a runner with the bases loaded, tying the game.
From there, it just fell.
Though the Phils seventh-inning rally ended with the blown out call, Charlie Manuel decided to throw Clay Condrey in the late innings of a tie game in Wrigley Field. Were Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson really that spent (or injured)? Condrey immediately surrendered the Soriano homer. These are the things the Cubs do. The things winning ballclubs do.
The Phils couldn’t come back to at least tie the game. But why would they? Those are the things the Cubs do.
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