By Sam Bush
The Phillies ran into a Chicago buzz saw last night.
Jason Heyward.hit a two-run home run to right field in the fourth inning in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Heyward entered the month with just one home run, but he has homered twice in the first week of June. With the win, the Cubs become the fastest team to reach 40 wins since the 2001 Mariners, who are tied for the most regular-season wins in MLB history (116) with the 1906 Cubs.
“We just kept the proverbial grinding out of the at-bats,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We scored enough runs, we caught the ball on defense. We’ve had great starting pitching. You score six runs and have to fasten your seat belts in the ninth.”
Freddy Galvis saved the Phillies from their third shutout of the season when he ripped a three-run homer to right field in the ninth inning off Justin Grimm. It snapped a 0-for-22 streak for Galvis. Tommy Joseph followed with a solo homer to center against Hector Rondon to make it a two-run game, before the Cubs closer retired three straight Phils to seal the win.
“That was like two different innings, the first eight innings and the ninth,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “It was good to see the guys fight back.”
“That’s why they call them the Phitin’ Phils, right?” Maddon joked.