By Sam Bush
All of a sudden, the Phillies are the hottest team and biggest story in baseball.
They are the biggest story because they are about to trade Cole Hamels, who threw a no-hitter yesterday in Wrigley Field.
But their sweep of the Cubs, including an 11-5 thumping Sunday completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs.
The Phillies, who have the worst record in the majors, have now won eight of nine games since the All Star game break.
The Phillies jumped on Hammel in the first inning, scoring three runs. Cesar Hernandez led off the game with an infield single. Odubel Herrera tripled Hernandez home, and Maikel Franco followed with a home run (above).
The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Dexter Fowler walked to lead off. Kyle Schwarber then singled for the Cubs’ first hit since Friday. That sent Fowler to third. A sacrifice fly to the right-field wall by Bryant got the Cubs on the board. They came within 3-2 in the third on a home run by Fowler, his ninth of the season.
However, the Phillies scored three times in the fourth and twice more in the fifth to blow the game open.
In the ninth inning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon used backup catcher David Ross to pitch, and he moved Schwarber from catcher to left field. Ross then hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth. It was his first homer of the year.