PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 9: Right fielder Tyler Colvin #21 of the Chicago Cubs hits a ground rule double during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Strange Game Turns In Cubs Favor As They Beat Phillies 4-3 In Extras

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Wells Has Short Night After Rain Delay

At first, it seemed like the Cubs had succeeded in an amazing comeback in the ninth inning. Geovany Soto hit a solo home run off of Ryan Madson to tie the game at three, and then Tyler Colvin followed up with what looked like the game winning home run right after.

But a review of the video tape showed a fan interfering with Colvin’s shot, and it was ruled a double. D.J. LeMahieu and Darwin Barney then tallied the final two outs of the inning without managing to get Colvin home, as the game went to extras.

Though Sean Marshall got into trouble in the tenth, he worked his way out of the jam and the Cubs won the game in the eleventh. Colvin reached on an infield hit, moved up on a passed ball, and then scored after Placido Polanco committed a throwing error on Darwin Barney’s infield hit.

Sean Marshall came away with the win, but the rest of the Cubs bullpen played a strong part of the victory too after starter Randy Wells left after just 2.1 innings. An hour plus rain delay ended his and Phils starter Kyle Kendrick’s night prematurely.

The Cubs and Phillies will play the second game of the series on Friday. First pitch will be at 6:05 P.M., CDT.


Cubs Hope To Continue Winning In Philly

After a dismal eight game losing streak, the Cubs finally broke through for a win on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds. Now, they'll continue their tough road trip as they travel to take on the Phillies.

Starting for Chicago will be Randy Wells, who has made two starts since his return from the disabled list. In his last start, against St. Louis, he threw 5.2 innings and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Wells has only started one game against Philadelphia, in which he pitched 7.0 innings, and gave up no runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five.

Pitching for the Phillies will be Kyle Kendrick. On the season, Kendrick is 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He's coming off of a start against Pittsburgh in which he gave up four runs on eight hits over 5.0 innings. Kendrick has only pitched one inning of relief against the Cubs, in which gave up a single hit.

The weather in Philadelphia is expected to be clear and hot, with a game time temperature in the low 90's. First pitch is at 6:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and MLBN.

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