In the first of seven road contests against the Phillies and Mets, the Cubs failed to bring their 'A' game. Or their 'B,' 'C' or 'D' games. Rich Hill took a stroll down Memory Lane, back to the not so long ago days when he was a lost rookie instead of the staff ace he has become in '07, and Pat Burrell, who seems to punish the Cubs in good times and bad, tuned Cub pitchers up for three hits and 5 RBI.
Moreover, the offensive woes continued. On the heels of the feeble hitting against the Pirates--a piddling eight runs in three games--the bats were good for just two solo home runs Friday night. And we didn't even have Jacque Jones to blame.
Lastly, the Phils turned to Six-Finger Tony to close in the ninth.
That Charlie Manuel really knows how to rub it in.
Saturday afternoon, Angel Guzman faces Freddy Garcia (4-0, 0.60 ERA in four appearances against the Cubs); Ted Lilly goes against Jon Lieber Sunday.
(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy from espn.com)