Cubs Comeback Falls Short, Lose To Phillies 7-5

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Zambrano Records 1,550th Career Strikeout

In the end, this one is all on Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano recorded one of his worst starts of the season on Friday against Philadelphia, throwing just 6.1 innings while giving up seven runs on seven hits. He issued seven walks and struck out five on the night.

Four of those runs came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Zambrano gave up a grand slam home run to to Placido Polanco. Given the way Roy Hallday had pitched up to that point — seven shutout innings on six hits, no walks, and nine strikeouts — it seemed like it was the nail in the coffin for the Cubs.

The Cubs did manage to claw themselves back into the game thanks to the Phillies bullpen, however. Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero got touched for five earned runs between them, and the Cubs had chances in both the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game.

Poor base running and a lack of a clutch hit did them in, however, and they once again failed to win three games in a row. The team is currently the only major league franchise to be without a three game win streak on the year.

The third game of the four game set will be on Saturday. First pitch is at 3:10 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Try To Go For Three Against Phils

After bouncing back from a terrible losing streak by winning their last two games, the Cubs will look to extend their victory run against one of the toughest pitchers in the NL, Roy Halladay.

The Cubs will send starter Carlos Zambrano to the mound to take Halladay on. Zambrano, despite recent controversy, has been largely successful on the year, at 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He's coming off of a start in which a late bullpen meltdown denied him the win after he threw 7.0 solid innings, giving up just one run on five hits against St. Louis. In his career against the Phillies, Zambrano is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Shane Victorino is 5-for-10 against Zambrano over his career.

Roy Halladay will take to the mound for Philadelphia. Hallday is having another good year, and is currently 8-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. In his last start, Halladay went 7.0 innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, while striking out six. In his career against the Cubs, Halladay is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin are both 2-for-3 against Halladay.

The weather in Philadelphia is forecast to be clear and hot, with a game time temperature in the mid-80s. First pitch is at 6:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and MLBN.

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