Prior to the three-game series with Philadelphia, if I would have told you the Cubs (39-60) would take one game in the series you probably would have guessed that it would be Wednesday’s game. With Halladay and Lee going the first two games, one must have liked the Phillies (61-36) chances. The scary part for the Cubs and the rest of the National League is the best pitcher in the series for Phildadelphia was Vance Worley.
The Phillies young right-hander went eight strong innings and allowed just one run on four hits in addition to seven strikeouts. Worley won for the fourth time in a row and improved to 6-1 on the season.
Philadelphia got off to a fast start in the series finale. The Phillies scored in the first four innings and had seven runs by the end of their fourth at bat. Jimmy Rollins led the offensive explosion. Rollins hit two homeruns and scored four of the Phillies nine runs.
Ryan Dempster was the victim of the Phillies onslaught Wednesday. Dempster went just three innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. The Cubs righty fell to 7-7 on the season.
The Cubs will now get an off day Thursday before welcoming the Houston Astros to town to begin a three-game series. First game of that series will be Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.