CHICAGO, IL - JULY 19: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs yells into his glove after being taken out of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on July 19, 2011 in Chicago, Illlinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Waste Lead And Opportunities, Drop Game To Phillies 4-2

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Sean Marshall Gives Up The Winning Runs

For most of Tuesday night’s game, it looked like the Cubs would notch another surprising win against one of the best pitchers in the NL. They got to Cliff Lee early in his outing, as Starlin Castro launched the first pitch he saw into the basket in left field for his second home run of the season, putting the team up 2-0.

But that was all the scoring the Cubs would muster in their outing. Lee settled down, allowing no more runs until he was pulled after seven innings, giving up eight total hits and striking out six. The Cubs had their chances throughout the game to get more runs off of Lee, but couldn’t capitalize. They had base runners in the bottom of the second, fifth, and sixth innings, but couldn’t get any clutch hits when they needed them.

This wasted a fine effort by Matt Garza. He gave up just four hits and three walks, while striking out five, over seven strong innings. The only run he was charged with was plated after he left the game, when Sean Marshall allowed an RBI double to Chase Utley. Marshall ultimately would also give up another RBI double in the top of the ninth that gave the Phillies their 4-2 lead. Three straight strikeouts by Antonio Bastardo in the bottom of the inning later, and Philadelphia had closed out their comeback victory.

The last game of the series will be on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 P.M., CDT.


Cubs Go For Two In A Row Against Phillies

Matt Garza will look to help the Cubs start a new winning streak as he takes the hill against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won game one of the series behind an unexpected performance by Rodrigo Lopez and an offensive awakening that saw them hang six runs on the NL leading Phils.

Garza, 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, had an excellent start against Florida in his last trip to the mound, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up six hits and three walks while striking out six. Unfortunately, a bullpen meltdown cost him the win in that game. In his last game against Philadelphia, Garza threw six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Chase Utley is 1-for-3 with a double against Garza this season, while Shane Victorino, who will be activated from the DL prior to Tuesday night's game, is also 1-for-3.

The Cubs will get to face off against the Phillies' other ace on Tuesday, as Garza is matched up against Cliff Lee, 9-6 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Lee earned a no decision in his last start against Atlanta, despite pitching eight innings of one run ball, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out nine. In his last game against the Cubs, Lee also gave up just one run over eight innings, on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Darwin Barney is 2-for-4 against Lee this season.

The weather in Chicago is expected to be warm and humid, with a game time temperature in the 80's and a chance of thunderstorms. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN, PHL 17, and MLBN.

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