By Steven S. Garcia
Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Cubs (64-55) took on the Phillies (61-58) last night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Cole Hamels was ambushed by the Phillies offense finishing with a stat line of eight runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking two in 2 innings pitched.
With the Phils ahead 6-0 in the 3rd, J.T. Realmuto roped a grand slam down the leftfield line off of Alec Mills to make it a 10-0 ballgame.
The only Cubs offense was provided on a Kris Bryant solo-homerun in the 6th – his 24th of the season – as the Cubs drop another one on the road, 11-1.
Bryce Harper hit two home runs on the night, giving him 24 on the season.
The Cubs have the second-worst record in the NL on the road as they are now 23-37 away from the Friendly Confines.
The Northsiders remain in a 1st-place tie in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs will look to avoid the sweep tonight when they send Yu Darvish (4-6 4.43) to the mound vs. Drew Smyly (2-6 6.96). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
Sox v. Astros
The White Sox (53-65), after splitting Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Astros (78-42), squared off in the third and rubber game yesterday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
With the score tied 9-9 in the 8th and the bases loaded, James McCann drilled a grand slam to right field to put the Sox ahead 13-9 and that’s how it would stay.
Alex Colome came in a pitched the 9th without allowing run in a non-save situation.
Jose Abreu and Wellington Castillo had 2 RBI each. Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez had one RBI, and Eloy Jimenez hit a towering solo-homerun over the shrub in center in the 7th to supply the Sox’ offense.
Sox’ starter Ross Detwiler went 4⅔ innings, allowed four runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two.
The Southsiders take two of three from Houston and four of six overall in the season series.
The Sox’ travel out west and start a four-game series tonight at 9:07 PM with the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.
The scheduled starters are Reynaldo Lopez (7-9 5.16) against Andrew Heaney (1-3 4.89).