Irvin coughs up a pair of long balls as Phillies fall again to Cubs

Cole Irvin struggles in loss to Cubs
Cole Irvin was hurt by the long ball on Wednesday night, surrendering a three-run shot and a grand slam in a 8-4 Phillies loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

With the contest even at three in the fifth inning, Albert Almora Jr. drilled an Irvin changeup over the fence in center field to give the Cubs a 7-3 advantage and ultimately the contest.

Irvin surrendered seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. His ERA after three starts now sits at 5.60.

“The fastball wasn’t locating, the offspeed wasn’t locating,” Irvin told reporters afterward. “When you’re a guy that pitches to contact and can’t locate pitches, that’s not a good sign.”

The Phillies jumped on Cubs' starter Cole Hamels early, collecting nine hits and three runs off the former Philadelphia hurler in four innings. Tyler Chatwood collected the win, tossing four innings in relief while surrendering just one run.

The Phillies had plenty of chances to score runs, but left 12 men on base and hit just 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Bryce Harper collected three hits to raise his average to .235 on the season while Andrew McCutchen contributed a solo homer in the seventh and finished with three hits and two runs scored.

The two clubs conclude their four-game set on Thursday afternoon with Aaron Nola facing veteran Jon Lester.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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