The law of averages caught up with Madson and the Cubs CF Colvin. The result: a come-from-behind Chicago win on Thursday that featured a rain delay, instant replay and an ugly game-winning run in the 11th.
Leading, 3-2, Madson had his first blown save after 14 consecutive ones by giving up a Soto homer in the ninth. Colvin, 0-for-34, hit an apparent game-decisive home run in the same inning but the Phillies appealed. Instant replay overturned the home run and ruled a fan-interference ground-rule double. Soto’s homer was the first off Madson since July16, 2010 (Ramirez of the Cubs).
The Phillies had gone 32-0 when leading after eight innings.
Then in the 11th, Colvin reached first on an infield hit when Howard couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. He advanced to second on a passed ball and scored the winning run when Polly’s errant throw to first would have ended the inning. The error was the Phillies seventh in their last seven games.
J-Roll had given the Phillies a 3-0 lead with a second-inning home run. The rains came and the stopped, once again hit the snooze button. The Cubs bullpen hurled 8.2 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. It was the eighth time in the last nine games that the offense could produce only three runs.
The blown save was just the second for the Phillies bullpen, the other coming April 15 . . . Saturday’s 4:05 game is on FOX . . . Dick Perez, official artist of the Phillies and The Baseball Hall of Fame for over 25 years, will be signing copies of his new book, The Immortals: An Elaborate Visual Documentation of Baseball. He will be in the Majestic Clubhouse Store from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Today in Baseball
1981: Pete Rose singled at Veterans Stadium to tie Stan Musial’s NL record of 3,630 hits. Houston’s Nolan Ryan struck out Rose the next three at-bats.
Down On The Farm
CF John Mayberry (#1) hit a walk-off home run as Lehigh Valley nipped Durham, 6-5 . . . LHS Ryan Edell (5-1) got the win, RHR Justin DeFratus, his 6th save, as Reading beat Trenton, 4-1, riding home runs by DH Matt Rizzotti (11), 1B Cody Overbeck (17) and C Tim Kennelly (1) . . . RHR Justin Friend’s streak of 18 consecutive saves ended as Tampa scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning for a 4-3 win over Clearwater . . . Lakewood was losing, 3-0, after 4.5 innings when the game was suspended by rain. The Phillies, Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood all had rain delays.