9/1 Cubs 7, Phillies 1

Welington Castillo smacked a two-run double and Anthony Rizzo added a RBI double to back Jake Arrieta and lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies and take the series at Wrigley Field. After a dismal 8-20 August, the Cubs were happy to turn the calendar. They have now won back to back games at home for the first time since winning three straight, July 6-9. Arrieta gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings in his fifth start for Chicago.

The Cubs added three players Sunday when Major League rosters could expand, including Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena, who were activated from the disabled list. Sweeney delivered in his first-bat, hitting a RBI single with two outs in the first off Kyle Kendrick, who needed 31 pitches to get through the inning. Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double in the third, his 34th. and Castillo connected in the fourth.

James Russell pitched in relief, his 70th appearance this year. He’s the fifth Cubs lefty to record multiple 70-game seasons for the Cubs.

The Cubs won their first home series since July 5-7.

— Carrie Muskat


Well that was fun! A”W” and a really well played game by all! It was a real “team” effort today. Contributions from each player to form a great success. Glad to see Sweeney back. He almost hit that wall again – oh dear! Thanks Cubs for the win and the fun watching the game!

I like Strop a lot, but does he need to work almost every close game? I do not want to see us wreck his arm in these meaningless contests. He`s a keeper, and I see him being a key bullpen piece when we become relevant. Who knows? Perhaps Arietta will work out also. He has plus stuff and needs to minimize the free passes to boost his effectiveness. I still would like us to think about signing Michael Young if he becomes a free agent after this season. Loves to hit in Wrigley Field and he could be a valuable spare infielder, even though he is not as young as his surname suggests.

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