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Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 580
Philadelphia0 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 6111
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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 15, 2021
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 16,299

Phillies look for offense against Cubs

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Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Phillies won three of four games at Citizens Bank Field back on July 5-8. Philadelphia hit 13 home runs in that four-game stretch compared to the Cubs five. Nineteen of the Phillies' 39 runs were scored from the seventh inning on.
  2. The Cubs have lost four of five games after winning seven straight. They are 26-43 on the road but are 5-2 in their last seven games away from Wrigley Field. They have a 5.03 ERA in September, nearly a two-run improvement over August's 6.97 mark.
  3. The Phillies have lost seven of their last 10 games after winning six straight. Four of their last six losses have been by one run. They are 26-22 in one run games this season. They were 8-10 in 2020 in one-run games.
  4. Ian Happ is hitting .389 (35-for-90) with 10 home runs, 23 RBI and 16 runs scored in his last 24 games. He has 22 home runs this season, two shy of his career-high of 24 from his 2017 rookie season.
  5. Bryce Harper is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with six home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored in his last eight games. He has a home run in six of the eight games and an RBI in seven of the eight games. On July 6 against the Cubs, he tied his career-high with five base hits.
  6. Adrian Sampson has a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season and a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances. Kyle Gibson has a 9.90 ERA in his two starts in September after posting a 3.16 ERA in his six August appearances (five starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/14/2021 thru 9/16/2021

Bryce Harper has produced an MVP type of season. He just hasn't had much help from his teammates.

That's not the only reason the Philadelphia Phillies fell to 72-72 after a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. But the offense has been stagnant up and down the lineup far too often this season. And it may leave the Phillies out of the playoffs once again.

The Phillies will host the Cubs (66-79) in the second game of this three-game series Wednesday as the home team remains in search of its first playoff berth since 2011.

"We've had guys that have had years that are not what we expected them to have," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "There's other spots that we have struggled as well. It's not just the left side of the infield. It's frustrating. It's hard to be consistent when you have that. You need production up and down your lineup to consistently win, and that's something we struggled with this year."

The Phillies dropped two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers and three of four to the Colorado Rockies before this latest loss to the Cubs. Only 18 games remain as the playoff hopes are fading.

The Phillies are 4 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

"We still have an opportunity here," Girardi said. "We just need to play better."

The Phillies will hand the ball to Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.38 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two career appearances totaling three innings against the Cubs.

Suarez was effective in his last outing against the Rockies as he allowed five hits and one run in six innings.

After suffering a three-game sweep against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs will now look to win their second in a row over the Phillies.

The Cubs received a two-run home run from Patrick Wisdom and the first career homer from Alfonso Rivas on Tuesday.

This new-look group of Cubs continues to improve as the organization evaluates how to proceed in the offseason since a number of big-name players, such as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, were traded.

"I think when you start chasing other organizations' ways of doing things, you might lose sight of what you find important," Cubs manager David Ross said. "We also want to stay true to the things that we have been a part of here and recognize in winning and make sure we do things the way the Cubs do."

Despite the losses to the surging Giants, Ross has been impressed with his young team. No matter the circumstances, the Cubs refuse to be fazed.

"Up and down the lineup, guys are competing," Ross said. "When you get good pitching, then you're in those ballgames. You end up winning most of those."

Alec Mills (6-6, 4.35) is scheduled to start for the Cubs. Mills is 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA in his career against the Phillies.

"For me, he's been as consistent a guy (as) I've had since I've been here," Ross said.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2021

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