Phillies 9, Cubs 7
Game 50 - Thursday Afternoon, May 23rd in Chicago
Record - 29-21, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies survived another rough bullpen day to win 9-7 over the Cubs.
What It Means: The win split the four-game series, and following the game the Phillies headed to Milwaukee to open a three-game set against the team trying to catch the Cubs in the N.L. Central.
What Happened: At one point leading 7-0, the bullpen allowed the Cubs to creep back into this game and Hector Neris escaped trouble in the ninth to record his eighth save. Aaron Nola (5-0) went 5 1/3 innings allowing three runs on four hits before yielding to the bullpen. In the seventh, Pat Neshek allowed a pair of home runs giving the Cubs an uncomfortable 8-6 deficit.
Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura both had multi-hit days and both drove in a pair of runs. Segura hit a two-run home run (5) in the fourth against Cubs starter Jon Lester and J.T. Realmuto homered (7) in the third with the blast completely exiting Wrigley Field.
Featured Card: McCutchen is hitting .450 (9 for 20) over his last five games with a home run and three doubles. A hot Cutch is an exciting Cutch.
Transactions: Cole Irvin was sent down to Lehigh Valley following his shaky start on Wednesday night, and Drew Anderson was added to give the bullpen another fresh arm.