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Phillies Rout the Cubs, 12-1, Behind Ethan Martin, Power Surge

The Phils tried a new lineup today, and needless to say, it worked. Ethan Martin turned in a solid outing and Cody Asche hit his first career homerun en route to a 12-1 victory over the visiting Cubs.

Brown mashed a home run against Samardzija (via LHVLive).

The Phillies roughed up Chicago’s ace Jeff Samardzija for 9 runs and 11 hits over 3 1/3 innings and Ethan Martin earned his first career win with 5 innings of 1 run ball scattering 4 hits and 4 strikeouts. Cody Asche was the player of the game, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored while raising his average to .231. This game was a perfect example of what the Phillies might expect in the near future.

It started in the second inning thanks to RBI singles from John Mayberry Jr. and Michael Martinez, scoring Darin Ruf and Cody Asche, respectively. The next inning, Darin Ruf stepped in and crushed a 2 strike fastball 5 rows back behind the left field fence to make the score 4-0. After giving up a solo blast to former Phillie Nate Schierholtz, the Phillies struck back with 6 runs in the bottom of the 4th. After a beautiful bunt by Carlos Ruiz, hitting in the two spot, scored Michael Martinez, Chase Utley came up and smacked an RBI double in the left center field gap. Domonic Brown stepped up and drove in two runs with a single, prompting Cubs Manager Dale Sveum to pull Samardzija. Eduardo Sanchez comes into the game and after striking out Darin Ruf, gives up a line drive 2 run home run to rookie third baseman Cody Asche, his first.

It was a beautiful day for baseball until the rains came pouring down to force a rain delay. One unfortunate grounds keeper slipped and fell under the tarp, much to the dismay of the fans who witnessed it. After 22 minutes, baseball was back on. In the bottom of the 8th, defensive replacement John McDonald lined a two run homer, his first of the season. Zach Miner, Cesar Jimenez, and Raul Valdes, all pitchers recently recalled from Triple-A, combined for four innings of scoreless relief. Everybody in the starting line-up got an RBI except for Kevin Frandsen, who was filling in for the scratched Michael Young at first base. Domonic Brown ended the game with a tremendous sliding catch.

The Phillies next game is August 9th against the Washington Nationals. John Lannan is scheduled to start for the Phillies as he goes against Dan Haren of the Nationals.

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