Welcome to Philadelphia Pedro Martinez.
Martinez, although he didn’t exactly dazzle, got all the support he needed to earn his first win of the season and his first in Phillies red, as the Phils throttled the Cubs.
In a much anticipated arrival, Martinez went five innings, striking out five, but allowed three earned runs on seven hits. Martinez was never really sharp, but pitched well enough to get the win.
The offense meanwhile was finally resuscitated after a brief slump.
The Phillies first five hits were for extra bases, including two first-inning triples by Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard which helped the Phils gain an early 2-0 edge.
The Cubbies came back with a run in the second inning, but Victorino’s bomb in the third helped to blow the game wide-open.
Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez each smacked three-run shots in an eight-run fourth-inning which was capped off by a few Cub fans waving white flags behind the Cubs dugout.
Both Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz collected two hits in that inning.
Not only were Cub fans throwing up their arms in surrender, they also decided to throw their beer in frustration as a fan in the left-center bleachers rained the liquid gold onto Victorino’s head as he made a routine catch in the bottom half of the fourth.
All in all solid victory from the Fightin’s who extended their lead in the division to 4.5 games over the second-place Marlins.