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Phillies embarrass struggling Cubs with rout to cap sweep

Phillies embarrass struggling Cubs with rout to cap sweep

It would be convenient to identify Saturday's no-hit loss by the Cubs as an omen to Sunday's dreadful 11-5 loss to the last-place Phillies. But the Cubs have been scuffling offensively for a while now. And when the starting pitching struggles as well, the results are predictable. Phillies rookie Aaron Nola went 72/3 innings for his first career victory as the Cubs were swept by the Phillies at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2009. Cubs starter Jason Hammel (5-5) lasted just 32/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. "It was obviously a terrible day," manager Joe Maddon said. "Give the Phillies credit, they absolutely mangled us hitting-wise. ......

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