Not even Roy Halladay could help the Phillies tonight. Bad fielding coupled with little offense in the early innings sealed their fate tonight. The Cubs had a four run second inning off Halladay to take the commanding lead early and did not look back. Once again, the Phillies offense floundered and failed to produce for their ace.
The Cubs had a huge offensive outburst tonight. Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, and Geovany Soto each had three RBIs. A big second inning got the Cubs off to a great start. Soto got the game started in the second inning with a two-run home run that the win carried out in right field. The Cubs third run could’ve been prevented if Jayson Werth’s attempt to throw out Tom Gorzelanny at the plate was on line. With runners at first and third, Carlos Ruiz tried to throw out Starlin Castro at second base. The throw bounced and allowed Tyler Colvin to steal home.
Halladay threw six innings giving up six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. This certainly wasn’t one of Halladay’s better outings but two runs could’ve been prevented with simple fielding. The offense definitely didn’t do anything to help him out. Once again, the Phillies on many occassions didn’t put the ball in play. They recorded eight strikeouts once again with Werth recording two of them. It’s just embarrassing to watch him play lately. Aside from a few meaningless home runs, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco were the only Phillies that contributed RBIs.
The Phillies dropped three out of their first four games after the All Star break. They could’ve easily been swept by the Cubs. It’s certainly not the way that they wanted to get things started. These next couple of weeks could make or break the Phillies season. They currently sit in third place five and a half games back of the Atlanta Braves. It will be interesting to see if the Phillies can break out of this funk and perform like we all know they can do.