Cubs @ Phillies: Lackey vs Nola (Game 129)

CHC (69-59): RHP John Lackey (10-9, 4.90) 
PHI (47-81): RHP Aaron Nola (9-9, 3.58) 
First pitch: 12:35pmCST

Lackey gave up 6 ER in 5 innings and ended up with an ugly no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday, in a game the Cubs went on to win 13-9. He had a no-decision against the Phillies at Wrigley in May (5 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 0 BB). Overall, they are 21-74 (.284) against him. Herrera is 5-13.

Nola lost to the Marlins his last time out (6.1 IP, 7 ER, 7 K, 2 BB). He’s 6-4 with a 3.38 at home this season. The Cubs are 5-17 (.294) against him. Rivera is 2-4.

Montgomery (4-6) takes the mound at Wrigley against Williams (5-6) and the Pirates tomorrow at 7:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!



Nick Pevetta (4-9, 6.73 ERA) starting instead of Nola. Cubs need to capitalize on these kind of breaks.

That was a nice inning by Lackey! Way to pitch in a Pennant Chase 'bruh!

has anyone checked to see if maddon is still alive because i think he dropped dead in the 5th while the hit and wild pitch parade was going on for 5 runs.

The whole team is catatonic today. Even Lackey seemed to have a "I don't give a shit" attitude while the fifth inning was coming unglued.

I really wonder if they mentally relaxed after the top of the first. Or, maybe it's just baseball.

they stayed up late last night having pizza, watching scary movies, and coloring their shoes.

Lackey is truly a quality 4-inning pitcher. Just had a feeling about him in the 5th. Also had a bad feeling after not scoring a lot more runs in the first.

Do home runs against Koji count as official?

worst record in 2 out of 3 from the cubs. my gawd. baseball.

First time in a while they have not fulfilled their billybucks assignment: a 3-3 week (done) and a 5-2 week (done). This was supposed to be a 4-2 week (I resisted the temptation to make it 5-1). So, I guess they'll have to find a way to make up that game over the next 5 weeks. I already had them down for 5-2 at home vs. PIT and ATL this coming week.

stanton hit #50 neat.

Got to give the Brewers credit -- 9-game trip to COL, SF and LAD, and they go 5-4. I really thought if the Cubs went 6-3 (which they did), they would pick up several games on the Brewers. Instead, the lead is only 2 games. Beating the Phillies would have been a really good idea.

Cubs are 9 over with 33 to play. I'm thinking 88 wins (14 over) should do it, so they need to go 19-14 the rest of the way to get there. It would be nice to have a 5-2 week to get to 12 over. Let's do that. Man, that triple play was a game-turner. If that ball lands a foot shorter, the Cubs get a run and have 2 on with no outs and a possible big, game-breaking inning. But, not to be.

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  • crunch 1 hour 9 min ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 22 hours 6 min ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 23 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.


  • Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out


    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.