Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Kalish led the way with three RBI as
the Chicago Cubs cruised to an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies,
avoiding a sweep of the three-game set.
Kalish went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double and Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3
with one RBI for the Cubs, who host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in the
opener of a three-game series.
"Today, we happened to have some balls find holes, and we took advantage of
it." Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
Carlos Villanueva (1-2) surrendered one run on six hits through five frames of
work, fanning three and not allowing a walk.
Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Chase Utley had the Phillies' lone
extra-base hit while picking up an RBI. Ben Revere scored a pair of runs in
A.J. Burnett (0-1) was knocked around for eight runs -- four earned -- over 5
2/3 innings, issuing six walks and striking out three.
"I was pitching behind. I missed first pitches. The key today was throwing
strikes. That was embarrassing," Burnett said.
After scoring three runs or less in each of their first five games, the Cubs
bested that total in the first inning with four. Kalish tripled off the right
field wall to plate Emilio Bonifacio, who led off with a walk. Rizzo then
walked before Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Kalish and move
Rizzo to second.
Luis Valbuena followed with a four-pitch walk before Starlin Castro clubbed a
double to left center, which scored Rizzo. Then, Ryan Sweeney picked up an RBI
with a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Valbuena.
Philadelphia got on the board in the fifth with the help of back-to-back
singles by Revere and Rollins. Revere stole second with Rollins at the dish
and moved to third on Rollins' single. Rollins then stole second before Utley
plated Revere on a fielder's choice up the middle.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg used his first challenge of the season on the
play at first. Sandberg disputed that Utley beat the throw but the call was
upheld and Utley remained out.
Sweeney kept the Cubs rolling in the sixth when he ripped a line drive to
center. Revere couldn't reel it in and allowed Sweeney to advance to third on
the error. John Baker was then hit by a pitch before Bonifacio singled home
Sweeney. Kalish then drove home Baker and Bonifacio before Rizzo knocked him
in to round out the scoring for Chicago.
In the ninth, Cody Asche, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Revere picked up consecutive
walks, which Rollins followed with a dribbler back to the mound. Asche scored
on the play and Revere scored the Phillies' final run on a wild pitch by Pedro
Cubs reliever Hector Rondon has a 13-inning scoreless streak dating to
Sept. 3 last season (12 appearances). He threw two scoreless frames, striking
out two ... The Phillies home opener on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers
has been postponed to Tuesday, which was a built in off day in case of weather
... Chicago went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position, compared to
Philadelphia going 1-for-15 with RISP.