Cubs 5, Phillies 2
Game 113 - Wednesday Night, August 7th in Philadelphia
Record - 51-62, 4th Place, 18 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: All was well until the bullpen duo of Luis Garcia and Justin De Fratus couldn't nail down the Cubs in the ninth, and the Phils took the 5-2 loss.
What It Means: This loss gave the Phils sole possession of fourth place and the last place Marlins are just 7 1/2 games behind them.
What Went Wrong: Garcia surrendered three walks to start the ninth and De Fratus allowed a three-run home run to Donnie Murphy to give the Cubs the win. (One of Garcia's walks, Cody Ransom, was picked off prior to Murphy's home run.) Cole Hamels missed out on the win after another solid outing. Hamels allowed two runs over seven innings on six hits.
Domonic Brown hit his 25th home run in the second and Chase Utley drove in the second run with a pinch-hit single in the seventh. Utley was later thrown out at the plate, violently colliding with Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro in the process. Navarro had to be carted off the field.
Featured Card: Poor Cole Hamels. He's received awful run support this year and has a miserable record of 4-13 to show for it. In 12 starts since the beginning of June, Hamels has a 2.85 ERA and has pitched through the sixth inning in all but one of those starts. If that's not insulting enough, Panini issued this card of Hamels, which is probably the worst 2013 Phillies baseball card in my collection.
Panini's Triple Play set was first released last year, and they use caricatures of the players mainly as a result of the company not having a license with Major League Baseball. Most of the caricatures cast their subjects in a dynamic super hero-ish light, but Hamels' caricature casts him in an unflattering goofball-ish light. Hopefully Hamels rebounds in 2014 and the folks at Panini produce a better rendering for his '14 Triple Play card.