Kyle Kendrick’s troubling second half continued while the offense had just four hits and one runner in scoring position, adding up to a 7-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Phils (62-73) dropped two of three games to Chicago (56-78) and have not won a road series since July 2-4.
Kendrick fell behind in counts, left balls over the plate and the Cubs capitalized. Chicago forced Kendrick into a 30-pitch first inning and plated five runs in the righty’s first four innings.
Kendrick finished with six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. In his last 12 starts, Kendrick is 3-8 with a 6.23 ERA.
The offense didn’t offer much, either.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta threw 57 strikes to 45 balls, but the Phillies mustered only three hits against the righty and one run.
That run came off the bat of Darin Ruf, who hit a solo homer to center field in the fourth inning.
Michael Young had seven hits in the first two games of the series before being dealt to the Dodgers. The rest of the Phils had just seven hits (7 for 59, .119 avg.) in the final two games of the set -- both losses. In fact, the Phillies had just five more hits (12) the entire weekend than Young had in the first two games.
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park to open a nine-game homestand, which starts with three games against the Nationals (68-67).
Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Monday -- RH Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96) vs. LH Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58)
Tuesday -- LH Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 3.56) vs. RH Ethan Martin (2-3, 6.39)
Wednesday -- RH Jordan Zimmermann (15-8, 3.33) vs. RH Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94)