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Phillies crushed by Cubs, 8-3, in series finale at Wrigley Field
Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff WriterPosted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 5:37 PM
CHICAGO - Ben Revere was about to catch a line drive hit right at him when it looked like the ball pulled out a gun, shot him and then dashed off to the ivy in center field.
Jimmy Rollins retrieved a hard ground ball that caromed off pitcher A.J. Burnett, but inexplicably did not either step on the bag at second base for a force out or throw to first base for a routine out.
Ryan Howard launched two hard-hit balls to the warning track and was robbed of an RBI hit in right field thanks to an exaggerated infield shift. Burnett walked six batters, including three of the first five batters he faced Sunday.
All of the things that went right for the Phillies on the first two days in Chicago fell apart on the third and final day at Wrigley Field, where their season-opening, six-game road trip came to an end with an 8-3 loss to the Cubs. More coverageVOTE: Do the Phillies need to find a new closer?Are Phillies bullpen woes on Sandberg? POLL: Most popular Phils infielder from this era in 20 years?PHOTOS: 2014 Phillies Spring TrainingFollow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!VOTE: Who will win the NL East?Latest Phillies videos Forum: Can the Phillies contend in 2014?
The hapless Cubs, who had one win in the first week of the season entering the day, sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four times. The game never got much closer for the Phillies, who split the six-pack of games in Texas and Chicago at 3-3.
The Phillies will play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday to begin a 10-game home stand at Citizens Bank Park. The home opener had been scheduled for Monday, but was postponed early Sunday afternoon since rain is in the forecast for Monday in Philadelphia. Previous Story:Cubs pounce on Burnett and rout Phillies Ryan LawrenceDaily News Staff Writer #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}0 commentsReprints & Permissions »

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