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Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh?

Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice the Phillies had a lead and twice the Cubs tied it up, first on a bases-loaded walk to Ted Lilly of all people and the second time via a two-run homer by former Phillie Marlon Byrd.  By then the boys in gray and red had nothing left with which to answer, and Aramis Ramirez — who may have actually risen from the dead — hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos Marmol closed it down in the ninth, striking out the side. He now has 81 strikeouts on the season. Which is more than Jaime Garcia, Johnny Cueto and Wadry Rodriguez have, and they’re starters.  Mercy.

  1. Utley's hair - Jul 16, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    The Phightins K’d 14 flippin times!!!!! And eight of them were looking!!! Hey, Big Joe, how do you walk the damn pitcher after you have him in a 0-2 hole? And Howard can only be expected to pepper Sheffield with fly balls so many times, people.

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    I was hopin’ for some Cholly talk. Maybe next time.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

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