PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Schwarber's moon shot to right field in the first inning had Cubs fans roaring Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.But the Phillies kept them quiet the rest of the way in a 7-1 victory, though the Cubs maintained a three-game lead over the Brewers in the National
PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Schwarber's moon shot to right field in the first inning had Cubs fans roaring Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
But the Phillies kept them quiet the rest of the way in a 7-1 victory, though the Cubs maintained a three-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central after Milwaukee lost to the Dodgers on Friday.
Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run home run to left field in the first inning. He is the fastest player in baseball history to hit nine home runs, needing only 54 at-bats to do it, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
"You get into the zones, you know?" Hoskins said. "You can't really explain it. There's a lot of just bliss I guess, no thinking involved. It's just one of those things. I'm not missing."
Added Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "That took the win out of our sails quickly after the Schwarber homer."
Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff allowed one run in five innings to improve to 4-7.
Cubs lefty Jose Quintana surrendered six earned runs on nine hits and four walks (one intentional) in five innings. Acquired in mid-July from the White Sox, Quintana has a 5.31 ERA in his last seven starts.
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Maikel Franco (aka "Compa F") hit his 18th home run in the eighth inning to provide the final margin.
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Eickhoff escapes jam: Eickhoff, who sported the nickname "Eick" on the back of his Players Weekend jersey, retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth, but loaded the bases with a single to Schwarber (aka "Schwarbs") and walks to Kristopher Bryant (aka "KB") and Anthony Rizzo (aka "Tony"). Ian Happ (aka "Happer") had a chance to get the Cubs back in the game, but he struck out swinging on a 2-2 curveball to end the inning.
"Just trying to make him miss hit something, force some contact, try to make it look like strikes but not be strikes," Eickhoff said of his at-bat against Happ. "That was the biggest thing. Got him out front. I knew he struggles with breaking balls. I was able to do that and execute where I wanted to."
Hail, Cesar: Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (aka "Cesita") broke open the game in the second inning when he tripled to left-center field with the bases loaded to hand the Phillies a 5-1 lead. Freddy Galvis (aka "Toco") followed with a single to score Hernandez to make it 6-1.
"The big hit was Cesar's three-run triple," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "That was huge."
"The strikeout was our enemy." -- Maddon, whose team struck out 14 times in the loss
"I don't even want to talk about it. I asked Freddy 'What do you want me to tell the press?' He said he was timing it and thought he had a chance to steal. He got carried away. I told him he had the hottest hitter in baseball with a 3-and-1 count. Pick another time. Anyway, Freddy is embarrassed." -- Mackanin, on Galvis getting caught stealing with Hoskins at the plate in the fourth inning
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Hoskins is the first Phillies rookie to hit nine homers in a month since Darin Ruf hit nine in Aug. 2013. Ryan Howard holds the franchise record with 10 homers in Sept. 2005.
Phillies left-handers Adam Morgan and Hoby Milner continue to pitch well. Morgan pitched two scoreless innings with his fastball topping out at 97.9 mph. He has a 0.73 ERA (one earned run in 12 1/3 innings) this month. Milner has not surrendered a run in 12 appearances since July 29.
"One thing that I'm starting to get excited about is Milner and Morgan, the way they've been effective, especially against left-handers for a couple weeks now," Mackanin said. "That's really good to see."
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks, aka "Hendo," will take the mound for the Cubs at 6:05 p.m. CT in the middle game of the Players Weekend set in Philadelphia. Hendricks (4-4, 3.52) has a 2.61 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in three career starts against the Phillies.
Phillies: Right-hander Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70 ERA) pitches the second game of this three-game series against the Cubs on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. ET. Lively allowed two runs in six innings last week against the Giants at AT&T Park, his first start back in the rotation since being optioned in early July.
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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cubs on Friday.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.