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Phils Fall Short in Saturday Matinee

Ryne Sandberg made his first appearance at back at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was greeted with a barrage of cheers in appreciation for his Hall of Fame career as a member of the Cubbies.

His team would come back from a 5-0 deficit to earn him a victory on Friday afternoon.

Saturday was another story, as the Phillies sent Cliff Lee to the mound in search of just his second win since the All-Star break.

The Phillies would strike first, as the hot hitting Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run in the top of the second to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Lee would labor through just five innings on this day, struggling to hold multiple leads. He gave his 1-0 lead back in the bottom of the inning when Conor Gillespie singled home Wellington Castillo to even the score at one.

The Phillies would retake the lead in the next inning, when Carlos Ruiz doubled home Chase Utley. That made the score 2-1, and Lee would again allow a run in the bottom of the inning. This time Castillo would knock in a run, as he singled to score Donnie Murphy, making it 2-2.

Lee would reach base in the top of the fourth, after his bunt resulted in a fielder’s choice out at second. Michael Young would follow with a triple to right field to bring Lee home and again put the Phillies ahead at 3-2.

This time Lee would hold the lead until the bottom of the fifth, his last inning of work. With the bases loaded and one man out, Gillespie would manufacture a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Murphy home to tie the game at 3-3.

Lee finished with five innings pitched, nine hits, three walks and two earned runs allowed, while striking out four.

Zach Miner replaced Lee in the bottom of the sixth, and promptly allowed a lead off home run to shortstop Starlin Castro. That made it 4-3, and that’s how it would end.

The Phils did not have many chances to score, going just 1-3 with runners in scoring position, and left eight men on base.

They will attempt to take the series tomorrow when they send Kyle Kendrick to mound. He will be opposed by Jake Arrieta for the Cubs.

Note: It was announced late Saturday night that the Phillies have traded Michael Young to the Dodgers. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

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