The Phils start off the second half on a bad note as they lose to the Cubs, 12-6.

The Phils begin the second half of the 2010 season by losing to the Cubs as both Jamie Moyer and Jose Contreras get hammered, as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would tie the game up at two-all as, with two men on, and with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run double, scoring both Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd, who both got on base after being hit by a pitch. The Cubs took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro would steal home plate as Cubs’ starter Ryan Dempster missed the ball on a suicide squeeze bunt attempt, but the bouncing ball would get away from catcher Carlos Ruiz, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. The Cubs increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Derek Lee hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Colvin, who had earlier singled, to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men out, Alfonso Soriano hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would break the game wide open in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ramirez hits his second two-run double of the ballgame, knocking in Lee, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second when Byrd was hit by the pitch, and Byrd, who was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, giving the Cubs an 8-2 lead. The Cubs then made it 9-2 as Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez. The Cubs then increased their lead to 11-2 as Geovany Soto hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Soriano. The Cubs then added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Ryan Theriot, a single to Lee, sending Theriot to second base, and a walk to Byrd, moving both Theriot and Lee up a base, and with two men out, Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Theriot, making it a 12-2 Cubs’ lead, while moving both Lee and Byrd up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then started a come back in the ninth. With a runner on second, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 12-3 Cubs’ lead. The Phils then cut the lead to 12-4 as, with a runner once again on second, and with still two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier moved up to second base on defensive indifference. Ryan Howard then made it a 12-6 Cubs’ lead as he hit his second two-run home run of the night, his nineteenth of the season, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier moved up to second base on defensive indifference. But Andrew Cashner would finally end the rally by getting Jayson Werth to pop up to second baseman Theriot for the game’s final out.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he gave up six runs on five hits and three hit batters, while striking out one. His record is now 9-9 with a 4.88 ERA. David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick and Chad Durbin combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Kendrick (1), Durbin (1)), while striking out a batter (Herndon). Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on five hits and a hit batter. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he strikes out two. Ryan Madson pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Dempster gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.57 ERA. Sean Marshall collects his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Justin Berg would also pitch two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Bob Howry also pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up four runs on four hits. Andrew Cashner would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, an infield single and two two-run home runs, knocking in four runs. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez all followed with two hits each, all singles, with Victorino and Ibanez both knocking in a run. Greg Dobbs had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils’ offense’s late rally was a bit of too little too late to overcome the Cubs’ huge lead.

The Phils (47-41, 3rd NL East) will continue their four-game series with the Cubs (40-50, 4th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the game presently in a 0-0 tie.

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