Phillies Miss Opportunities in Loss to Cubs; Shane Victorino out Indefinitely

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Phillies Miss Opportunities in Loss to Cubs; Shane Victorino out Indefinitely

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 in 10 innings Sunday. Kerry Wood got the win in relief for the Cubs, and Bob Howry notched his first save. Rudy Seanez took the loss after allowing an unearned run in extra innings.

The winning run scored when Chase Utley threw a would-be double play ball into the Phillies' dugout, allowing the runner to score from third.

Utley was trying to complete a ground ball double play off the bat of pinch-hitter Carlos Zambrano that would have ended the top of the 10th.

Utley reached second base in the bottom half of the inning on a long double off the top of the right field wall, but was stranded.

For the second time in a week, the Phils were the victims of an umpire's bad call. This time, third base umpire Adrian Johnson incorrectly called a Mark DeRosa sixth-inning shot down the left field line a home run when it clearly crossed the foul pole in foul territory. 

Pat Burrell and Charlie Manuel argued vehemently and Johnson eventually ejected Manuel.

Replays vindicated Manuel’s argument.

Just like earlier in the week, however, the umpire didn’t have to be the determining factor in the game. The Phils had chances to make Johnson’s call moot, but failed to take advantage.

In the second inning, the Phils had the bases loaded without hitting a ball out of the infield, but failed to score off Cubs starter Jason Marquis.

The Phils also had the bases loaded in the first inning with one out and only put one run across. They had the lead-off runner reach base in the eighth and ninth innings, but failed to capitalize off the Cubs' bullpen. 

This team needs to make sure it converts opportunities in games like this one as it was a golden opportunity to make up ground lost over the first two weeks of the season.

The Phillies did win their first series of the year this weekend, which hopefully will propel them forward heading into a series against the Houston Astros starting Tuesday night.

 

Notes 

Reigning National League MVP Jimmy Rollins sat out the entire series against the Cubs, but has yet to be placed on the disabled list. It is rumored that he will be back in the lineup after Monday’s off-day when the Phils open a series against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

One player who will not be in the lineup when the Phils take the field Tuesday is OF Shane Victorino. Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain after Saturday night’s game.

Chris Snelling was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and pinch hit in the eighth inning of Sunday's game.  

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