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Kyle Gibson makes costly mistakes on fastballs in the fifth inning of Phillies' 6-3 loss to Cubs

Scott Lauber, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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The Phillies got runners on base in six consecutive innings against Cubs starter Adrian Sampson. But they hit into four double plays — Ronald Torreyes in the second inning, Odúbel Herrera in the third, Brad Miller in the fourth, and Freddy Galvis in the sixth — to halt rallies or kill them entirely.

With J.T. Realmuto sitting out after an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder, Andrew McCutchen batted in the cleanup spot despite his struggles against right-handed pitching and went 0 for 4.

A perfect 10

Harper lined an RBI double off the right-field scoreboard to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It marks his longest streak since a 10-gamer on Sept. 17-25, 2019.

Harper disagreed with a called third strike that appeared to clip the inside corner with a runner on first base in the first inning. He drew a walk to lead off the fourth but was erased with Miller’s double play.

 

In the eighth inning, Harper swung out on an elevated fastball.

Leading men

Herrera drove Sampson’s second pitch of the game to the concourse in right-center field for the Phillies’ 10th leadoff home run, a single-season club record.

Unlike the previous mark, set in 2007 when Jimmy Rollins bashed nine leadoff homers, four Phillies players have hit at least one. Herrera leads the team with four.

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