Nobody is going to forget yesterdays events for a very long time but few will forget today’s 11-5 demolition the Phillies handed the Cubs. It was almost like the passing of the torch as Hamels watched exciting prospect Aaron Nola pitch his first ever Phils career win.
The win marks the first time the Phils have swept the cubs since 2009. In the end it was Jason Hammel who took the loss whilst the rookie Aaron Nola ( now 1-1) went almost eight innings to bring his side the sweep.
The Cubs were trying to avoid being swept by the worst team in Baseball but it didn’t go very well..in fact, it didn’t start well either. The Phillies escaped to a 3-0 lead in the first as the initial four hitters got on base. Herrera hit an RBI triple before Franco sailed a 2-run homer to open the game almost perfectly.
Fowler became the most efficient cub early on, contributing to a run early on before hitting his ninth home run in the third to pull the Cubs within one.
Cody Asche opened the next inning in a way the Cubs detested. A triple before scoring on a Dominic Brown hit.
Nola showed his talent on the other side of the ball as he sent one up the centre to get on base and lift the lead to 6-2. That lead then increased again as Brown tripled to score another two runs in what was an explosive game for him. Ryan Howard added a two run shot in the eighth as the lead continued to extend in a game that Phillies fans were elated to watch.