Phillies put on offensive show in Nola's first W
CHICAGO -- Aaron Nola didn't need to throw a no-hitter to shut down the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard each hit two-run homers and Domonic Brown had four RBIs to back Nola, who picked up his first big league win in his second career start as the Phillies romped, 11-5.
Nola gave up five hits, including a two-run homer by Addison Russell in the eighth, over 7 2/3 innings for the win to help the Phillies post their third sweep this season, and first on the road. They're now 8-1 since the All-Star break.
"It's hard to follow up," Nola said about pitching less than 24 hours after Hamels' dramatic no-hitter. "I was just going out there and my mindset was just get outs, get as many outs as I can, as many ground balls and popups as I can. It was amazing to watch yesterday. My palms were sweating on the bench in the ninth. Once he got it, it was awesome. To be a part of it my first week up here is pretty amazing."
Brown hit an RBI double, a two-run triple and a single as the Phillies totaled 17 hits off four Cubs pitchers, including starter Jason Hammel, who served up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Chicago has lost four of its last five games.
"That definitely wasn't the way the weekend was supposed to go," Hammel said. "My role today was just garbage, unacceptable. … Hats off to them. They came out swinging and things are going right for them right now."
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Nola gets his first W: Nola could not match Cole Hamels' no-hitter, but he pitched well enough to help the Phillies sweep their first series on the road since July 7-10, 2014, in Milwaukee. He allowed five hits, four runs, two walks, two home runs and struck out six in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first big league win. Nola also singled in the fourth inning for his first career RBI.
"Nola made it look easy," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "Boy, was he painting." More >
No no-no: The Cubs didn't waste much time getting their first hit one day after being no-hit by Hamels. Dexter Fowler walked to lead off the first and rookie Kyle Schwarber then singled to right. Fowler reached third and scored on Kris Bryant's sacrifice fly. Fowler added another run with two outs in the third when he smacked his ninth home run.
Phillies have the power: The Phillies have not hit for much power this season, but they tied a season high with eight extra-base hits in the series finale. It included triples from Odubel Herrera, Cody Asche and Brown, and home runs from Franco and Howard. Sunday's effort followed a season-high eight extra-base hits Saturday and five on Friday. They were the most extra-base hits for the Phillies in a three-game series since June 14-16, 2001.
"We've seen our offense the whole year," Mackanin said. "But the reason you play the young guys ... Freddy [Galvis], and [Cesar] Hernandez and Franco. All these guys in the game. Brown is starting to come around, Asche is starting to come around, Herrera looks like he's learned a lot. You kind of hope it comes around in this manner to where you're putting some runs on the board and consistent at-bats. And we're getting more consistent at-bats from these guys, and I think that's why we're scoring more runs." More >
Start me up: Hammel was making his second start since a hamstring injury forced an early exit on July 8, and he was roughed up by the Phillies, who collected eight hits over 3 2/3 innings, including five for extra bases. The right-hander entered the game with a 2.36 ERA in his past 15 starts, and 2.82 ERA overall. It's now 3.20 for the season.
Hammel wore a bulky brace on his left leg in the first inning, then abandoned it.
"He just had a bad day," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Everything they hit was in the gap, down the line, or over the wall. Even their singles were hard. They just swung the bats really well."
"I'll stick with some water." -- Nola, referring to Hamels getting a bottle of Dom Perignon for pitching Saturday's no-hitter. Nola got the game ball for his efforts Sunday
"You don't change your format. You don't reboot and become somebody else. We've lost three games and they've lost one game since the All-Star break. They played really well. We didn't play good at all, I'm not going to defend that, but they played really well. I'd like to see us hit like that for two, three weeks straight. They stung everything. They deserved to win; they were the better team for three days." -- Maddon
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The Cubs and Phillies split the six-game series last year, but the Phillies now have a 3-0 lead, notching their first sweep at Wrigley Field since May 16-17, 2012.
For the second time this season, catcher David Ross was called on to pitch. The 38-year-old, who threw one inning in relief on May 9 against the Brewers, entered the game in the ninth and retired the side on eight pitches. Ross helped himself by hitting a leadoff home run in the bottom half. Ross is the first Cubs reliever to homer since Carlos Marmol did so on Sept. 7, 2006, against the Pirates. More >
The Phillies reviewed Anthony Rizzo's strikeout in the fourth inning, when he initially reached first base on a wild pitch. But replay showed the ball hit Rizzo's back leg as he swung, making it a clean strikeout.
Phillies: The Phillies have a day off to relax Monday in Toronto before opening a two-game series Tuesday night at 7:07 p.m. ET against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Left-hander Adam Morgan and right-hander Jerome Williams will pitch Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Cubs: Kyle Hendricks will start Monday night when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Rockies. Hendricks gave up five runs over six innings in his last start against the Reds. He has a 2.81 ERA in eight games at Wrigley Field, including back-to-back scoreless outings July 5 and July 10. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.
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