Phillies Vs. Cubs: Chicago's Rally Falls Short In 8-7 Loss

The Chicago Cubs had the game-tying run on first base in their 8-7 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

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Phillies Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Loses 8-7 After Ninth Inning Rally

In the second game of a quick two-game series, the Chicago Cubs lost 8-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on Thursday night. The Cubs made a major rally in the bottom of the ninth inning after trailing by five runs, but they fell short with the game-tying run at first base.

Cubs starter Chris Volstad struggled badly, getting pulled giving up four runs on six hits during the first two innings of the game. Casey Coleman came in and pitched four solid innings of relief after that, but recent call-up Blake Parker made a painful throwing error in the eighth inning that ultimately lead to three runs scoring.

Roy Halladay pitched well for Philadelphia on Thursday, giving up just three runs on seven hits over eight innings. Doc didn't walk a single batter while displaying superb control all night long, but two of his allowed runs came on solo homers.

The Cubs made a major rally in the bottom of the ninth inning off Phillies reliever Jacob Diekman, but they fell short with the game-tying run at the plate. Welington Castillo hit a three-run double with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth to cut the lead to two and Darwin Barney followed up with an RBI single off Jonathan Papelbon, but Reed Johnson grounded out to third to end the game.

Both Starlin Castro and Castillo hit home runs for Chicago, but the offense needed to do far more damage after the pitching staff left the team behind. The Cubs are now 15-23 on the season as they go into this weekend's three-game series against the White Sox.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight.

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Phillies Vs. Cubs Score Update: Chicago Trails 5-1 After Six Innings

The Chicago Cubs are trailing 5-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies after six innings on Thursday night at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Cubs starter Chris Volstad struggled badly early and the Cubs haven't been able to get much done against the Phillies' Roy Halladay.

Volstad was chased from the game after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks over just two innings. Casey Coleman has pitched well in relief, allowing just one run on four hits over four innings in Volstad's place, but the Cubs haven't been able to get much done on offense.

In the first inning, David DeJesus hit a double and ultimately scored on a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, but the Cubs haven't haven't scored since.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight.

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Geovany Soto Injury: Cubs Catcher Sidelined By Inflammation In Left Knee

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was originally supposed to start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night, but he has been scratched from the lineup because of inflammation in his left knee. Soto is considered day-to-day according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago.

Related: Phillies Vs. Cubs Preview: Chris Volstad Tries To Snap Philly's 4 Game Winning Streak

The Cubs are hoping to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday night, though ace Roy Halladay will be on the mound for Philadelphia.

First pitch is set for approximately 7:05 p.m. CT.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight.

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Phillies Vs. Cubs Lineups: Chris Volstad Starts Opposite Roy Halladay

The Chicago Cubs are trying to avoid a two-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies, but it's not going to be easy with Roy Halladay on the mound for Philadelphia. Chris Volstad, who is coming off a rough outing his last time on the mound, will start for the Cubs.

The lineups for Thursday night's game:

Related: Phillies Vs. Cubs Preview: Chris Volstad Tries To Snap Philly's 4 Game Winning Streak

The first pitch is scheduled for approximately 7:05 p.m. CT.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Phillies blog The Good Phight.

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Cubs Transactions: Chicago Calls Up Reliever Blake Parker

The miserable bullpen of the Chicago Cubs again reared its ugly head last night by surrendering six runs to the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning in a 9-2 Chicago loss at Wrigley. The Cubs are understandably exploring options to fix the bullpen, and today they made a minor move by calling up reliever Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.

Related: Phillies Vs. Cubs Final Score: Philadelphia Scores 6 In 9th Inning To Hand Chicago 9-2 Loss

Parker will likely replace either Casey Coleman or Scott Maine on the big league roster, as each player still has minor league options left. Rafael Dolis has been dealing with a back injury, so a trip to the DL for him could also happen.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blogs Bleed Cubbie Blue and Good Night Phight.

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Phillies Vs. Cubs Preview: Chris Volstad Tries To Snap Philly's 4 Game Winning Streak

The Philadelphia Phillies scored six runs in the ninth inning on Wednesday to hand the Chicago Cubs a 9-2 loss at Wrigley. Tonight, Chris Volstad looks for his first win of the season against a Philadelphia team that has won four games in a row to reach .500. Roy Halladay gets the start for the Phillies.

Related: Phillies Vs. Cubs Final Score: Philadelphia Scores 6 In 9th Inning To Hand Chicago 9-2 Loss

The 25-year old Volstad has struggled immensely this year for Chicago. The right-hander enters 0-5 with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Halladay is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Game Date & Time: Thursday, May 27, 7:05 p.m.

Location: Wrigley Field; Chicago, IL

TV: WGN

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blogs Bleed Cubbie Blue and Good Night Phight.

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Phillies Vs. Cubs Final Score: Philadelphia Scores 6 In 9th Inning To Hand Chicago 9-2 Loss

The Chicago Cubs can blame a lousy bullpen for another loss. Chicago entered the eighth inning tied 2-2 on Wednesday, but the Phillies scored one in the eighth and six in the ninth to escape with a 9-2 win over Chicago. The Cubs managed only three hits on the night and scored both of their runs on one swng, a two-run homer from Alfonso Soriano in the fourth inning. The loss drops Chicago to 15-22, while Philadelphia improves to 19-19.

Pinch hitter Ty Wigginton broke the game open in the ninth with a two-run single to right field. Four batters later, pinch hitter Hector Luna smashed a grand slam to turn a close game into a blowout in the matter of minutes.

Chicago wasted another nice effort from starter Matt Garza, who allowed two runs and eight hits over 6.2 innings on Wednesday.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blog Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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Randy Wells Does Not Like The Minor Leagues

Erstwhile Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells is understandably unhappy about being in Triple-A. Wells, who was once a fixture of Chicago's rotation, did not make the major league team out of Spring Training, and has only been up for two starts this year, in which he posted an ERA over six. Wells knows that the only way he can make it out of the minors again is to pitch well while there, but according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Chris De Luca, his disdain is still palpable.

‘‘It sucks, but it’s part of the game,’’ Wells said. ‘‘Hanging your head and ­being ­upset with it isn’t ­going to do you any good. If you come down here and don’t pitch well, you’re ­pretty much burying yourself.’’

(via Chicago Sun-Times)

Making things worse for Wells is that he hasn't been any good in Triple-A this year, posting a 2-2 record and an ERA of 7.71. With Chris Volstad continuing to struggle, the door is certainly open for Chicago's minor league starters, but if a change is made anytime soon, it seems unlikely that Wells will get the call.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blog Bleed Cubbie Blue.


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Phillies Vs. Cubs Preview: Matt Garza, North Siders Take On Philly

The Chicago Cubs take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

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