8/31 Cubs 4, Phillies 3

Starlin Castro smacked his first home run in a month Saturday, hitting a tie-breaking shot leading off the sixth, and Cole Gillespie drove in two runs to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Phillies for just their fourth win in the last 21 home games. The Cubs evened the series at Wrigley Field in front of 36,410, and spoiled Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg’s bid for a sweep against his former team.

It was a see-saw battle. Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run in the Phillies’ fifth, but the Cubs tied it in the second on Welington Castillo’s RBI single. In the Phillies’ third, Chase Utley hit a grounder to Donnie Murphy, but Anthony Rizzo closed his glove before catching the ball for an error. Utley then stole second, and Carlos Ruiz followed with a RBI double. Cubs starter Chris Rusin took a deep breath. He should’ve been out of the inning after throwing eight pitches but instead needed 16 more pitches to finish.

The Cubs got some payback in their half. With two outs in the third, Murphy was safe on an error by Michael Young, Junior Lake singled, and Murphy scored on Castillo’s single. Young hit a RBI triple in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead but the Cubs loaded the bases and tied the game on Cole Gillespie’s sacrifice fly.

Castro connected on a 1-0 pitch from Zach Miner leading off the sixth for his eighth homer of the season, and first since July 31. The Cubs now have hit 89 home runs at Wrigley, second-most by a team at home in the Majors behind the Orioles, who have 94.

— Carrie Muskat


Awesomely wonderful. Great offense AND defense all wrapped into one big win! Liking Gillespie more and more. Liking today’s lineup. Looking forward to another “W” tomorrow. Sorry, Ryno, we need this.

No need to apologize to the manager, White. He understands Cubs` fans better than most. I was going to suggest we may want to pursue Michael Young in the off-season as he loves to hit at Wrigley as was demonstrated past two days. The Phillie broadcasters said he has close to a .500 avg. in our building. But lo and behold I see today that he was sent to the Dodgers since yesterday`s game. At least we do not have to deal with his bat today. Another issue I have: I listened to yesterday`s game on the radio in my driveway while polishing my car. My preference was to listen to the Penn State/Syracuse game, but the reception was unacceptable. I had the Phillies` broadcast and at one point one of the gentlemen asserted the Cubs were a “bad team.” That`s outrageous that he excoriate our team. I wonder if we have recourse. Isn`t that libelous? If there are any solicitors who monitor this site, could you please advise if these are grounds for a lawsuit. I know if my mother were alive, she would say that man had “a nerve.”

The Cubs went 8-20 in August. I think that qualifies as “bad”

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