Jamie Moyer cruised through the first three innings, but hit a rough patch in the fourth. Moyer loaded the bases and Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single put the Cubs on the board. Jeff Baker followed with a double that drove in three runs. On the play, Shane Victorino threw the ball to second base. Chase Utley was unable to keep the ball in front of him as it scooted towards the first base line. The bases cleared and the Cubs took a 4-0 lead.
An inning later, Milton Bradly’s RBI single extended the Cubs lead by five. Moyer lasted five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks.
The Phillies had an opportunity for a big inning in the bottom of the fifth, however, Pedro Feliz failed to score on what should have been a sacrifice fly. An inning later, Feliz got it back with a two-run single, which made it a 5-3 game.
The bullpen has been so good over the past ten days, but it faltered today. At one point, the game was 8-5 after Greg Dobbs’ two-run single. However, the ‘pen allowed five runs (3 by Chad Durbin, 2 by Brad Lidge) in the loss.
The offense left 11 men on base and went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The Phils had opportunities to score off Zambrano, who allowed ten hits and walked three. The Phillies scored four runs against him in his 6.2 innings of work, but had a chance for more.
It was a nice streak while it lasted, but it had to end eventually. You can’t win ‘em all.