By Brianne Deville
With two season shutouts already under their belt, the Philadelphia Phillies hustled to fight back against what seemed to be a two-man army at Citizens Bank Park against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
Cubs right fielder, Jason Heyward, and pitcher, Jon Lester teamed up to dominate in the first game of the three-game set ending in a 6-4 victory.
Heyward hit a two-run homer into right field in the fourth inning, reaching his 100th career home run, and giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.
Lester held off Philadelphia, pitching eight consecutive scoreless innings. He allowed a mere four Phillies to reach base and struck out nine.
“You have to make good pitches every inning,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “Lester made a lot of good pitches, he really shut us down, he really pitched well today.”
Philadelphia checked into the game during the ninth inning when Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homerun to the right field, saving the Phillies from season shutout number three. Tommy Joseph hit the final homer in the ninth off of Hector Rondon, ending in the 6-4 Cubs win.
With this win, the Cubs now stand with a record of 40-16 overall, and have outscored the Phillies 23-9.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 2.84), and Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (2-8, 3.93) go head to head in the start of the second game of the three-game set on Tuesday night.