Cubs Vs. Phillies: Chicago Falls To Philadelphia 6-4

The Chicago Cubs were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Final Score: Placido Polanco's Double Keys Philadelphia Victory

The Chicago Cubs staged a valiant comeback on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, but still couldn't overcome the Philadelphia Phillies, who handed the North Siders a 6-4 loss. The defeat drops Chicago to 8-15 on the season, while the Phillies improve to 11-12.

Philadelphia scored four runs in the first, but Chicago held the Phillies' offense scoreless for the next six innings. The Cubs got on the board with one run in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, keyed by a two-run homer from Bryan LaHair that tied the score at 4-4.

Philadelphia would regain the lead in the bottom half of the inning when second baseman Placido Polanco smashed a two-run double to make the score 6-4 Phillies.

Closer Jonathan Papelbon would enter and nail down the victory for Philadelphia. It was the eighth save of the year for the newly acquired Papelbon.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Score Update: Philadelphia Leads 4-0 In 6th Inning

The Cubs can pick up a series win with a victory against the Phillies on Monday night, but with Philadelphia ahead 4-0 in the sixth inning, they're going to have to start generating some offense in a hurry to turn things around.

Related: First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Phillies, Monday 4/30, 6:05 CT

Chicago starter Chris Volstad got off to a rough start and allowed all four of the Phillies' runs in the first inning. Hunter Pence, Carlos Ruiz and Pete Orr picked up RBI hits for Philadelphia in the inning.

Phillies starter Vance Worley, meanwhile, has allowed just three hits in six innings of work. He's struck out five batters while walking just one.

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MLB Schedule Alterations Could Affect Cubs-White Sox Series, According To Report

The Houston Astros are moving to the AL in 2013 and Major League Baseball is reconfiguring the schedule as ar esult. Among the potential consequences of the changes, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin: natural interleague rivals will no longer be guaranteed home-and-home series. That includes series like Cubs-White Sox and Yankees-Mets.

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League West next season and the leagues becoming balanced at 15 teams apiece, natural rivals throughout baseball no longer will be guaranteed six games a season and home-and-home series, the sources said.

According to one of Rubin's sources, these rivalries would most likely be limited to one series in one ballpark most seasons, or perhaps two games at each ballpark. Either way, interleague rivals won't be seeing as much of each other as they had been.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Lineups: Geovany Soto Returns After 2-Game Absence

The Chicago Cubs head into Monday night's game against Philadelphia with a chance to take the series from the Phillies, which would be an encouraging way to finish what has otherwise been a lousy April for the Cubs.

The lineups for the game have been posted. Chicago:

1. David DeJesus (RF)
2. Tony Campana (CF)
3. Starlin Castro (SS)
4. Bryan LaHair (1B)
5. Alfonso Soriano (LF)
6. Ian Stewart (3B)
7. Blake DeWitt (2B)
8. Geovany Soto (C)
9. Chris Volstad (P)

Related: Cubs Vs. Phillies Preview: Cubs Look To Take Series In Philly

And Philadelphia:

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Preview: Cubs Look To Take Series In Philly

The Chicago Cubs can take three of four games on the road vs. the Philadelphia Phillies with a win on Monday night, but they'll be relying (at least in part) on a pitcher who likely sees Citizens Bank Park as something close to a haunted house. Cubs starter Chris Volstad made six career starts in the Phillies' house while a member of the Miami Marlins, posting a 6.53 ERA and giving up 11 homers in just over 30 innings. His inability to effectively pitch against Philadelphia (his career ERA against them is 5.88) was likely one of the driving factors that led to the Marlins shipping him out.

But the good news for Volstad is that two of his main tormenters are on Philadelphia's disabled list. The headliner in that regard is Ryan Howard, who in 31 plate appearances vs. Volstad had an OPS of 2.042, thanks to eight homers. The other is Chase Utley, who has a .926 career OPS vs. Volstad. The bad news is that Philadelphia stalwarts like Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino will all presumably be in the line up on Monday, and those three have all battered Volstad in their careers as well.

Of course, Volstad's lousy career numbers against the Phillies doesn't mean that he can't— or won't— throw a gem on Monday night, and it would help if the Cubs could get him some run support early. To that end, they'll have to solve Phillies starter Vance Worley, who was expected to fall back some after a shockingly stellar 2011. That has yet to happen, though, as Worley will enter tonight's start with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Game date/time: Monday, April 30, 6:05 p.m. CT

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.

TV: CSN Chicago

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Final Score: Chicago Wins 5-1

The Chicago Cubs bounced back from Saturday's defeat by limiting the Philadelphia Phillies to just two hits in a 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. Cubs starter Matt Garza was dominant over seven innings before the bullpen came in and finished one of the team's best pitching performance of the season.

Over his seven innings, Garza had little trouble against the Phillies offense, striking out ten hitters while giving up one walk and one hit apiece. Rafael Dolis came in to give the Cubs a perfect eighth inning, then Carlos Marmol got the save after letting the game-tying run come to the plate in the ninth with the bases loaded.

Bryan LaHair had a big day for the Cubs with three hits, including two doubles, and Joe Mather provided a solo home run in the fourth inning. Jeff Baker and Tony Campana also notched two hits apiece.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Score Update: Cubs Lead 3-0 After Four Innings

The Chicago Cubs are leading 3-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies after four innings of play on Sunday afternoon as starter Matt Garza rolls in his sixth outing of the season. The two teams split the first two games of their four-game series, which concludes on Monday.

Garza has been dealing so far, giving up just one hit while striking out five batters over four scoreless innings. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick hasn't been nearly as successful, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. He's allowed the Cubs to score one run apiece over each of the past three innings.

In the fourth inning, Joe Mather hit his first home run in a Cubs uniform to extend Chicago's lead to three runs.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Preview: Cubs Look To Beat Up On Kendrick

The Chicago Cubs were stymied by Joe Blanton on Saturday in their attempt to mount a winning streak, but they'll be back at it on Sunday vs. the eminently hittable Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick, a perpetual stopgap for the Phillies, was bumped into the rotation following an injury to Cliff Lee and was promptly battered by the San Francisco Giants earlier this week, giving up seven earned runs in three innings. Kendrick last faced the Cubs last June, when he threw three scoreless innings in a start that was cut off prematurely thanks to a rain delay.

On the hill for the Cubs will be ace Matt Garza, who has been dominant this season except for one blip vs. the Miami Marlins. In Garza's last time out, he held the St. Louis Cardinals to two earned runs and four hits over seven innings in a 3-2 Chicago win. Garza made two starts vs. the Phillies last season, giving up only two earned runs in 13 innings while striking out nine. Philadelphia's .180 BAA vs. Garza was the second best number that he posted against a team that he made multiple starts against in 2011.

Game date/time: Sunday, April 29, 12:35 p.m. CT

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.

TV: WGN

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Final Score: Big 4th Innings Leads To 5-2 Chicago Loss

The Chicago Cubs (7-14) could not overcome a rough fourth inning as they fell 5-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies (10-11). The Cubs starter, RHP Randy Wells (L, 0-1), exited in the fourth inning after allowing a double to RF Hunter Pence, a walk to 1B Jim Tome, a walk to LF Laynce Nix, a walk to P Joe Blanton, and then a two-run double to SS Jimmy Rollins.

Wells, starting in place of the injured RHP Ryan Dempster, finished with an altogether rough line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB and only 3 K. Meanwhile, Blanton (W, 2-3), stifled the Cubs offense as he pitched 7.1 innings while striking out 8 batters and walking none. 1B Bryan LaHair had the team's only extra base hit, hitting an RBI double in the first inning.

The Cubs will be back in action on Sunday at 12:35 p.m. CDT for the third game of the four game series against the Phillies.

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Welington Castro Promotion: Cubs Poised To Call Up Catching Prospect

It isn't official yet, but multiple outlets are reporting that the Chicago Cubs are calling up prized catching prospect Welington Castro. Castro is expected to join the team today in Philadelphia, where the Cubs beat the Phillies 5-1 on Friday night. Here's how we first saw the news:

Backup catcher Steve Clevenger is headed to the disabled list to make room for Castro.

Starting catcher Geovany Soto is hitting .135 this season, so the sight of Castro should be a welcome one to fans of the North Siders. Our own Satchel Price penned a feature on Castro and the Cubs' situation at catcher last week.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Preview: Chicago Can Start A Winning Streak On Saturday

The Chicago Cubs opened their four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night with an impressive 5-1 victory over Roy Halladay, and now Chicago can start a winning streak with another win on Saturday night. Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60) gets the start for the Cubs, while the Phillies will send Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34) to the mound. As noted by Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, Philly has been without, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, while Jimmy Rollins is hitting just .216 to start the season, so this isn't the same same offensive juggernaut you might be used to in the NL East.

Tony Campana had a nice night on Friday with two singles, two runs scored and a key stolen base to jump start the offense in the fourth inning. He is hitting .389 for the Cubs since being called up, and hopefully he can continue to produce well in the coming weeks.

Here is the basic information you need to find the game on Saturday night:

Starting Pitchers: Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60) vs. Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34)

Game Date & Time: Saturday, April 28, 6:05 pm CT

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV: WGN

Radio: AM 720

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Cubs Vs. Phillies: Chicago wins 5-1, Paul Maholm Outduels Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Citizen Bank Park by a score of 5-1. With the win the Cubs move to 7-13 on the season and sit in sixth place in the N.L. Central.

Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm was stellar on Friday night allowing only five hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings pitched, lowering his ERA to 6.20 on the season. Maholm outdueled Roy Halladay who allowed three earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched.

Scoring began in the fourth inning when Tony Campana stole second, followed by a Starlin Castro linedrive to centerfield. Campana started things off in the sixth as well with an infield single and then moved to third on a Bryan LaHair single. An Alfonso Soriano single scores Campana and then an Ian Stewart double plated Lahair. The Cubs narrowly missed a fourth run when the Phillies completed a 1-3-2 double play that erased Soriano at homeplate.

The Cubs play the Phillies again Saturday night as part of a four game series.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Lineups: Chicago Prepares To Face Roy Halladay

The lineups are out for the Chicago Cubs' visit to Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, and it's no surprise that Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn't trying to get too fancy. With his team face to set Phillies superstar Roy Halladay, Sveum has sent out the lineup he's used for most of the season.

Here's a look at the Cubs' lineup on Friday night.

Here's a look at the Phillies' lineup.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies: Roy Halladay Highlights Series Opener In Philadelphia

The Chicago Cubs (6-13) put together a nice series against the rival St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week and claimed their first series victory of the 2012 MLB season, but it's going to be difficult to start as well against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Ace Roy Halladay takes the mound for Philadelphia, and once against he is off to a terrific start with a 3-1 record, 1.50 ERA, .178 batting average allowed and a spectacular 0.90 WHIP. That's all bad news for a Cubs offense that ranks 24th in runs scored (66), 25th in batting average (.235), 25th in on-base percentage (.295) and 28th in slugging percentage (.333).

The Phillies have been stingy with their run support for Halladay so far this year, but the Cubs will need Paul Maholm to come out and pitch like he did against the Reds on April 21 -- where he threw 6.0 innings and allowed just one earned run -- if they want a chance to knock off one of the best starters in the game.

Here is the basic information you need to find Friday's game:

Starting Pitchers: Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50)

Game Date & Time: Friday, April 27, 6:05 pm CT

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: AM 720

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Cubs Vs. Phillies Preview: Chicago Starts 4-Game Set In Philadelphia On Friday

The Cubs are in Philadelphia this weekend to take on the Phillies.

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