Bad News Cubs

Michael Martinez and Jimmy Rollins celebrate scoring in Wednesday's 9-1 win over Chicago. ( staff photo)

Somewhere, Morris Buttermaker is laughing at the Chicago Cubs.

If Mike Quade isn’t an alcoholic just yet, he may be after today. The Phils offense woke up and start Vance Worley shut down the Cubs in a laugher dubbed “The Bad News Cubs,” 9-1.

Carlos Pena was caught kicking the ball and throwing it away in the 4th inning, turning a rare double-error in one play and re-enacting a scene that would fit right into the “Bad News Bears” film.

To Charlie Manuel, 95 degrees is “hittin’ weather.” And boy did the Phillies hit the ball today at Wrigley. Jimmy Rollins homered from both sides of the plate and doubled, driving in three runs. Chase Utley had himself a pair of doubles while driving in two runs.

The Phils got on the board in the 1st inning. With Michael Martinez and Chase Utley on second and first respectively, Ryan Howard hit a soft ground ball to the left of the shift to score Martinez from second and make it a 1-0 game. Utley, who made it to third on the play, scored on a Shane Victorino ground out to make it 2-0.

The Phils put up a three-spot in the 2nd. With two outs, Worley and Rollins hit back-to-back doubles, making it a 3-0 game. Martinez then hit an RBI single and Utley ripped an RBI double to give the Phils a 5-0 lead through the first two innings.

The Phils tacked on another run in the 3rd on a Brian Schneider double and again in  the 4th off another double by Utley, putting the Phils ahead 7-0.

Rollins’ solo home runs in the 6th and 8th were icing on the cake. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that a Phils batter homered from both sides of the plate: Steve Jeltz in 1989, Tomas Perez in 2o01 and Rollins in 2006 prior to today.

Worley didn’t allow his first hit to the Cubs until one out in the 5th when Geovany Soto singled to left. He wound up pitching eight innings in the brutal heat, allowing a run on four hits while striking out a season-tying seven.

Worley lowered his ERA to a 2.02 through 10 starts (12 total appearances). He has allowed only four earned runs in his last 38 1/3 innings.

2B: Worley (1), Rollins (16), Utley 2 (11), Schneider (3). HR: Rollins 2 (11)

WP: Worley (6-1). LP: Dempster (7-7).



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