Raul Ibañez started the scoring in the first inning with a 3-run blast against Cubs' starter Ted Lilly. It was Raul's 25th home run of the season. Carlos Ruiz kept things going with his own 2-run home run in the second inning. A 4-run fourth inning, aided by an Alfonso Soriano error, and a Ryan Howard solo shot in the eighth inning gave the Phils the easy win.
Pitching Notes: Apparently, Brett Myers is saying he could return to the Phillies' bullpen by mid-August . . . Pedro Martinez pitches his first simulated game tomorrow in Clearwater . . . Peter Gammons just reported on Baseball Tonight the Blue Jays will make a decision on Roy Halladay by the end of the week.