4/6 Cubs 8, Phillies 3
Ryan Kalish drove in three runs to help the Cubs beat the Phillies, 8-3, on Sunday at Wrigley Field. It was Kalish’s first multi-hit effort since he had two hits Sept. 3, 2012, at Seattle. Starlin Castro, inserted in the No. 6 spot, delivered in a four-run first with a RBI double. Carlos Villanueva picked up the win in his first start, giving up one run on six hits over five innings. He had to work to get out of some jams, too.
* Emilio Bonifacio collected his 14th hit, tops in the Major Leagues.
* The Cubs had scored eight runs in their first five games combined.
* Wrigley Field had its first replay challenge when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged Chase Utley getting called out at first in the fifth inning. The play was confirmed.
* Kalish is back after undergoing cervical fusion surgery on his neck. He was injured in a collision with an outfield wall and said he’s not going to be charging into Wrigley Field’s walls any time soon.
“I’m not going to go full speed into this one here,” Kalish said. “That’s brick.”
* Catcher John Baker wanted No. 12 on the Cubs. That’s the same number Dusty Baker wore.
“I thought if I took it, there might be some cool t-shirts left over with ‘Baker’ on them,” Baker said.
* Next up: After an off day Monday, the Cubs play host to the Pirates at Wrigley Field Tuesday night, kicking off a three-game series. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to start.
– Carrie Muskat