Down to their last out, the Phillies were forgiven for an afternoon of runners left stranded and base-running mistakes as they capitalized on five walks and a wild pitch by Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and a critical dropped ball at home on a relay throw that should have ended the game. (AP)
Beerleaguer: The Phillies haven’t been gift-wrapped a win lately, not since the early days of the season when the Braves were stuck in the basement and the Nats were still a laughingstock. Those were indeed the glory days 2010, and until Brian Schneider touched home safely when he should have been out by five feet, it looked like more of the same from the maddeningly ineffective fightins: more wasted pitching, more ducks left on the pond, more heartache. Nevertheless, it’s not like the Cubs, who scored their only run on a squeeze bunt, deserved to win, either. Cole Hamels, who lowered his ERA to 3.63, was dealing yet again, and Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge were able to hold, something the Cubs couldn’t do.
The Phillies seek the split under the lights tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Odds and ends: Joe Savery hit a pinch-hit solo homer in Lehigh Valley’s 5-1 win over Louisville. ... On Friday, Lakewood center fielder Jiwan James went 5-for-6 and finished a homer from the cycle, raising his hitting streak to 23 games. He’s hitting .363 (33-for-91) during the streak, but just .277 overall with a .707 OPS. ... On the trade front, the latest report from the Baltimore Sun says talks between the Phillies and Orioles concerning Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada are “dead.” And finally, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reasons that the Phils aren’t positioned well enough to make a run at Roy Oswalt, but also aren’t far enough out of the race to deal Jayson Werth, although he believes a Werth-for-Javier Vasquez deal would make some sense, with Domonic Brown capable of providing an “energy boost” in place of Werth. A related update on ESPN says the Yankees are now unwilling to part with catching prospect Jesus Montero and would have only traded him for Cliff Lee.