Cubs 2, Phillies 1
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[June 14, 2014]
By Gordie Jones, The Sports Xchange
PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Arrieta pitched seven
shutout innings and reliever Neil Ramirez survived a rocky ninth inning
on Friday night, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
Shortstop Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which
won for only the second time in its last six games, and for the
third time in its last 10 on the road. The Cubs are 12-24 away from
home, the worst road record in the major leagues.
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins had one of the Phillies' five
hits, a leadoff double off Ramirez in the ninth. It was the 2,234th
hit of Rollins' career, tying him with Mike Schmidt for the team's
Left fielder Domonic Brown singled home Rollins later in the ninth
to cut the Cubs' lead to 2-1, but Ramirez struck catcher Carlos Ruiz
out looking with runners at the corners to end the game. Ramirez
earned his second save.
The Phillies saw a three-game winning streak end, which matched
their longest of the season.
Arrieta (2-1) retired the first seven hitters he faced and did not
allow a hit until Brown doubled just inside the left-field line with
one out in the fifth. The Phillies' only other hit Arrieta allowed
was a two-out infield single by right fielder Marlon Byrd in the
Arrieta, who struck out a season-high nine and walked one, ran his
scoreless-inning streak to 16 2/3 and won for the first time since
May 22 against San Diego, four starts earlier. In between he lost to
San Francisco and was saddled with no-decisions against the New York
Mets and the Miami Marlins.
Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Cubs,
allowing only a single to Ruiz.
Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez was ejected by home plate umpire
Mark Ripperger after hitting Castro with a pitch with two outs in
the sixth. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was also ejected, for
arguing the decision.
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Hernandez (2-5) allowed two runs on three hits in his 5 2/3 innings
of work, while striking out five and walking two. He is 0-3 since
May 4, a span that includes five starts and three relief
In the fourth inning, Castro hit a 1-1 pitch from Hernandez into the
seats in left-center field for his ninth homer of the year after
first baseman Anthony Rizzo drew a leadoff walk.
NOTES: The two teams wore 1964 throwback uniforms as part of the
Phillies' 1960s Retro Night. ... When Phillies general manager Ruben
Amaro Jr. was asked by the Philadelphia Daily News if the team will
be a seller at the July 31 trade deadline, he said, "We have to see
what happens over the next couple of weeks." Should they go in that
direction, he told the Daily News, "I can't say there are any
untouchables. Some guys are less touchable than others." ... The
Cubs placed 2B Emilio Bonifacio (ribs) on the 15-day disabled list
and activated OF Ryan Sweeney from the DL. ... Phillies 3B Cody
Asche (hamstring) began a rehab assignment at Class A Lakewood on
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