Road Woes Continue as Phillies Fall 10-7

Aramis Ramirez got three fastballs down the middle of the plate and knew what to do with them. Ramirez finished the day with three homeruns as the Cubs came from behind and beat the Phillies 10-7. Bobby Abreu had a big day for the Phillies, but it wasn't enough to pull the Phillies out of their slump.

Less than a week ago, Eric Milton flirted with a no-hitter against the Cubs. On Friday, Milton didn't even make it through the sixth inning as the Cubs beat the Phillies 10-7.

Milton came into the sixth inning with a 6-3 lead, but didn't make it through the inning. The Cubs went on to put up five runs in the inning, one of them coming on Aramis Ramirez' second homerun of the game. The Cubs used seven hits and a Phillies' error in the inning as they stormed ahead of the Phillies.

Ramirez would hit another solo homerun, his third of the game, off reliever Roberto Hernandez in the seventh. Hernandez pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run and also made a key throwing error that led to an unearned run for Chicago.

Rheal Cormier (4-5) lasted just 1/3 of an inning, giving up two earned runs, taking the loss.

Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu each hit two homeruns for the Phillies, all of them coming off Cubs' starter Mark Prior. All were solo homeruns, except Abreu's three-run fifth inning homerun that put the Phillies up 6-3. Abreu finished the day with three hits and five RBI.

Ricky Ledee also picked up three hits for the Phillies, who have started their 13 game road trip by going 0-5.

The second game of the series will be Saturday afternoon and will match Kevin Millwood (8-6, 4.91) against Matt Clement (8-9, 3.05).


PHILADELPHIA (7) VS CHICAGO CUBS (10) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 .276 P Polanco 2b 3 1 1 0 2 1 0 .262 B Abreu rf 5 2 3 5 0 0 1 .303 J Thome 1b 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .289 R Ledee cf 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 .285 P Burrell lf 4 2 2 2 1 2 2 .267 D Bell 3b 3 0 1 0 2 1 3 .267 M Lieberthal c 4 0 0 0 1 1 5 .256 E Milton p 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .140 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-C Utley ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .280 A Telemaco p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 7 11 7 6 11 18 a-struck out swinging for R Hernandez in the 8th. BATTING: 2B - J Rollins (26, M Prior); R Ledee 2 (7, L Hawkins, M Prior). HR - B Abreu 2 (22, 1st inning off M Prior 0 on, 2 Out, 5th inning off M Prior 2 on, 0 Out), P Burrell 2 (18, 2nd inning off M Prior 0 on, 1 Out, 4th inning off M Prior 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - B Abreu 5 (74), P Burrell 2 (68). 2-out RBI - B Abreu 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - D Bell 1, J Thome 1, M Lieberthal 2. Team LOB - 10. FIELDING: E - B Abreu (4, throw); R Hernandez (1, throw). Outfield assists - R Ledee (M Grudzielanek at Home). CHICAGO CUBS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg M Grudzielanek 2b 5 0 1 1 0 1 3 .263 C Patterson cf 5 1 2 1 0 2 1 .272 S Sosa rf 5 0 2 1 0 2 2 .277 M Alou lf 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .279 D Lee 1b 5 1 1 2 0 0 3 .301 A Ramirez 3b 4 3 3 3 0 1 0 .322 M Barrett c 2 2 1 0 2 1 0 .298 A Gonzalez ss 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 .222 M Prior p 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .167 J Leicester p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-J Macias ph 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .276 M Remlinger p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 K Farnsworth p 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 G Rusch p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 L Hawkins p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 36 10 14 9 4 8 13 a-grounded into fielder's choice to third for J Leicester in the 6th. BATTING: 2B - M Alou (19, E Milton). HR - A Ramirez 3 (21, 2nd inning off E Milton 0 on, 2 Out, 6th inning off E Milton 0 on, 1 Out, 7th inning off R Hernandez 0 on, 0 Out), D Lee (20, 4th inning off E Milton 1 on, 0 Out). S - A Gonzalez. RBI - A Ramirez 3 (67), D Lee 2 (63), J Macias (13), M Grudzielanek (12), C Patterson (42), S Sosa (50). 2-out RBI - A Ramirez, S Sosa. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - D Lee 1. Team LOB - 7. FIELDING: Outfield assists - C Patterson (M Lieberthal at 2nd base). ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 110 130 010 -- 7 CHICAGO CUBS - 010 205 20x -- 10 ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era E Milton 5 1/3 8 6 6 2 7 3 4.64 R Cormier (L, 4-5; B, 4) 1/3 3 2 2 0 0 0 4.30 R Hernandez 1 1/3 2 2 1 2 1 1 5.13 A Telemaco 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.71 CHICAGO CUBS ip h r er bb so hr era M Prior 4 1/3 8 6 6 2 5 4 4.69 J Leicester (W, 3-0) 1 2/3 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.89 M Remlinger (H, 7) 2/3 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.05 K Farnsworth (H, 13) 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 3.18 G Rusch (H, 2) 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.98 L Hawkins (S, 15) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.85 WP - R Hernandez. Pitches-strikes: E Milton 102-64; R Cormier 14-8; R Hernandez 25-14; A Telemaco 13-8; M Prior 92-58; J Leicester 26-15; M Remlinger 15-10; K Farnsworth 35-18; G Rusch 3-3; L Hawkins 15-10. Ground balls-fly balls: E Milton 2-7; R Cormier 1-0; R Hernandez 2-0; A Telemaco 1-2; M Prior 0-8; J Leicester 2-1; M Remlinger 0-1; K Farnsworth 2-0; G Rusch 0-1; L Hawkins 0-1. Batters faced: E Milton 26; R Cormier 4; R Hernandez 7; A Telemaco 4; M Prior 23; J Leicester 6; M Remlinger 3; K Farnsworth 6; G Rusch 2; L Hawkins 4. UMPIRES: HP--Paul Schrieber. 1B--Mike Everitt. 2B--Ed Montague. 3B--Jerry Meals. T--3:13. Att--39,117. Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 10 mph, out to center.


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