Phillies hope the bats heat up in Chicago

Matt Leon
June 05, 2018 - 4:17 pm
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) hits a single during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

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CHICAGO (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies will open the final series of their 10-game road trip Tuesday night, playing the first of three in Chicago against the Cubs.

The Phillies have gone just 2-5 on this trip so far. They were swept over the weekend by the Giants in San Francisco, scoring just a single run in the series (solo home run by Sunday's starting pitcher Jake Arrieta).

The struggles on this trip have dropped the Phillies record to 31-26. They are third in National League East, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Washington.

Zach Eflin will get the start on the mound for the Phillies. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He has not been able to get out of the fifth inning in any of his last three starts.

The Cubs will give the ball to right-hander Kyle Hendricks. He is 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA this season, and in four career starts against the Phillies, he has gone 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA.

Chicago is 33-23, and that is good for second place in the National League Central — two games behind first-place Milwaukee. The Cubs bring a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's series opener.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Phillies, their offensive struggles and how important a start this is for Eflin.

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