Joseph, Phillies strike early and rout Cubs 10-2

CHICAGO (AP) No sooner did his manager talk about the urgency to produce than Tommy Joseph did just that.

Joseph hit an early three-run homer, Aaron Altherr had three RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Monday night.

Prior to the game, Philadelphia skipper Pete Mackanin said he liked to give a struggling player such as Joseph about 100 at-bats to come around.

''I hope that's what got it out of him,'' Mackanin said. ''He heard me. But he knows. They all know. I've said it for years now - you audition every day you go out there.''

Joseph began the night with a .179 batting average and one homer in 72 plate appearances.

''I still have a few to go,'' he said. ''I still have some adjustments to make. Obviously, it felt good for me to do that, but it's more important for this team to get a win.''

Michael Saunders and Freddy Galvis also homered in support of starter Vince Velasquez (2-2) to help the Phillies stop a three-game losing streak.

Chicago opened a seven-game homestand with its fourth loss in five games. The team didn't return home from its Sunday night game in Boston until about 5 a.m. on Monday.

''We've been having to come from behind often in the last week to two weeks,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''It's not easy to continually do, especially when you're getting to bed at 5 in the morning. No excuses.''

After rain delayed the start for 85 minutes, Philadelphia jumped on Brett Anderson (2-1) for seven runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. The start was his shortest since August last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cesar Hernandez singled to open the game before Altherr doubled him home. Maikel Franco walked and, one out later, Joseph lined a hanging slider into the left-field bleachers for a 4-0 lead.

Altherr added a two-run double and Odubel Herrera had an RBI single in the second.

Saunders hit a solo homer and Galvis socked a two-run shot off reliever Justin Grimm in the seventh.

Velasquez took a one-hit shutout into the fifth before Javier Baez led off with a home run. The right-hander allowed one run, two hits and three walks in five innings.

''I should have done a better job executing and putting guys away,'' said Velasquez, who threw 98 pitches in damp and chilly conditions. ''Who knows? I might have went six or seven.''

Edubray Ramos, Joely Rodriguez and Pat Neshek combined for four innings of one-run relief.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

At 13-12, the Cubs are six games behind their 103-win pace of a year ago, but they still lead the NL Central by a percentage point. ''I love it that we're where we are right now based on the fact we haven't played our best baseball yet,'' Maddon said. ''It's just going to keep getting better.''

WELCOME ABOARD

Cubs catcher Miguel Montego and his wife, Vanessa, became United States citizens earlier in the day. The native of Venezuela received a loud ovation when the news was shared on a videoboard. ''It's a pretty exciting moment for my family and I,'' Montero said. ''I was so tired I didn't have time to get nervous about it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (strained lower back) threw 45 pitches in three simulated innings. He is on the 10-day disabled list.

Cubs: SS Addison Russell was given the night off. Baez started at shortstop.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 1.80 ERA) starts the second game of the series Tuesday night. He beat the Cubs in his only career appearance against them.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (0-1, 3.68) has a favorable matchup in a bid for his first win. He is 6-0 with a 1.46 ERA in eight starts against the Phillies.

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CHC13-12
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  • W: V. Velasquez (2-2)L: B. Anderson (2-1)
  • HR: PHI - M. Saunders (2), F. Galvis (4), T. Joseph (2), CHC - J. Baez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B52300010.337.385.545.9305.5
A. Altherr LF42230101.313.377.563.94010.0
O. Herrera CF50210012.270.343.416.7592.5
M. Franco 3B31000101.207.279.370.6483.0
M. Saunders RF51211015.253.287.398.6856.5
T. Joseph 1B42131121.183.234.296.5309.0
F. Galvis SS31121100.273.301.500.8018.0
C. Rupp C41100022.224.324.397.7201.0
V. Velasquez P20000003.222.222.222.4440.0
a- T. Kelly PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Nava PH10000000.333.489.5761.0650.0
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Velasquez in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Ramos in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF-C40000001.196.322.330.6520.0
K. Bryant 3B20000121.283.390.505.8950.0
M. Montero 1B10000000.382.417.5881.0050.0
A. Rizzo 1B20000000.255.376.490.8661.0
B. Duensing P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Zobrist 2B40100002.218.322.385.7071.0
J. Heyward RF30000101.270.337.393.7301.0
W. Contreras C-3B40100014.243.303.386.6880.5
J. Baez SS42211000.222.275.397.6728.0
B. Anderson P0000-000.143.250.143.000-
M. Montgomery P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- A. Almora PH10000000.271.340.458.7980.0
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Szczur PH-LF10010001.167.214.167.3811.0
J. Jay CF20000110.366.469.463.9330.5
  • a-grounded out for Montgomery in the 5th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Grimm in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (5), A. Altherr 2 (6)
  • HR - M. Saunders (2), T. Joseph (2), F. Galvis (4)
  • RBI - A. Altherr 3 (9), O. Herrera (10), M. Saunders (9), T. Joseph 3 (10), F. Galvis 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Saunders (4), T. Joseph 3 (7), F. Galvis 2 (8)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Baez (2)
  • SF - M. Szczur
  • RBI - J. Baez (6), M. Szczur
FIELDING
  • E - O. Herrera
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 2-2)5.02113415.471.0018.0
E. Ramos2.01100104.760.505.5
J. Rodriguez1.00000104.730.003.5
P. Neshek1.01000000.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 2-2)5.0
E. Ramos2.0
J. Rodriguez1.0
P. Neshek1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (L, 2-1)1.17771116.236.00-16.5
M. Montgomery3.22002201.501.096.0
J. Grimm2.02331227.711.501.0
B. Duensing2.01000206.230.506.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (L, 2-1)1.1
M. Montgomery3.2
J. Grimm2.0
B. Duensing2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Ramos
  • HBP - V. Velasquez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 98-63, E. Ramos 28-18, J. Rodriguez 10-7, P. Neshek 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 8-2, E. Ramos 3-3, J. Rodriguez 1-1, P. Neshek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 20, E. Ramos 8, J. Rodriguez 3, P. Neshek 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Montgomery (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 43-27, M. Montgomery 52-31, J. Grimm 39-25, B. Duensing 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 2-1, M. Montgomery 5-2, J. Grimm 3-1, B. Duensing 2-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 12, M. Montgomery 14, J. Grimm 9, B. Duensing 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PHI12-12
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CHC13-12
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B52300010.337.385.545.9305.5
A. Altherr LF42230101.313.377.563.94010.0
O. Herrera CF50210012.270.343.416.7592.5
M. Franco 3B31000101.207.279.370.6483.0
M. Saunders RF51211015.253.287.398.6856.5
T. Joseph 1B42131121.183.234.296.5309.0
F. Galvis SS31121100.273.301.500.8018.0
C. Rupp C41100022.224.324.397.7201.0
V. Velasquez P20000003.222.222.222.4440.0
a- T. Kelly PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Nava PH10000000.333.489.5761.0650.0
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Velasquez in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Ramos in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF-C40000001.196.322.330.6520.0
K. Bryant 3B20000121.283.390.505.8950.0
M. Montero 1B10000000.382.417.5881.0050.0
A. Rizzo 1B20000000.255.376.490.8661.0
B. Duensing P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Zobrist 2B40100002.218.322.385.7071.0
J. Heyward RF30000101.270.337.393.7301.0
W. Contreras C-3B40100014.243.303.386.6880.5
J. Baez SS42211000.222.275.397.6728.0
B. Anderson P0000-000.143.250.143.000-
M. Montgomery P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- A. Almora PH10000000.271.340.458.7980.0
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Szczur PH-LF10010001.167.214.167.3811.0
J. Jay CF20000110.366.469.463.9330.5
Total3024213610-----
  • a-grounded out for Montgomery in the 5th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Grimm in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (5), A. Altherr 2 (6)
  • HR - M. Saunders (2), T. Joseph (2), F. Galvis (4)
  • RBI - A. Altherr 3 (9), O. Herrera (10), M. Saunders (9), T. Joseph 3 (10), F. Galvis 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Saunders (4), T. Joseph 3 (7), F. Galvis 2 (8)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Baez (2)
  • SF - M. Szczur
  • RBI - J. Baez (6), M. Szczur
FIELDING
  • E - O. Herrera
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 2-2)5.02113415.471.0018.0
E. Ramos2.01100104.760.505.5
J. Rodriguez1.00000104.730.003.5
P. Neshek1.01000000.001.002.0
Total9.0421361---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 2-2)5.0
E. Ramos2.0
J. Rodriguez1.0
P. Neshek1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (L, 2-1)1.17771116.236.00-16.5
M. Montgomery3.22002201.501.096.0
J. Grimm2.02331227.711.501.0
B. Duensing2.01000206.230.506.0
Total9.0121010473---
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (L, 2-1)1.1
M. Montgomery3.2
J. Grimm2.0
B. Duensing2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Ramos
  • HBP - V. Velasquez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 98-63, E. Ramos 28-18, J. Rodriguez 10-7, P. Neshek 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 8-2, E. Ramos 3-3, J. Rodriguez 1-1, P. Neshek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 20, E. Ramos 8, J. Rodriguez 3, P. Neshek 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Montgomery (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 43-27, M. Montgomery 52-31, J. Grimm 39-25, B. Duensing 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 2-1, M. Montgomery 5-2, J. Grimm 3-1, B. Duensing 2-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 12, M. Montgomery 14, J. Grimm 9, B. Duensing 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Szczur hit sacrifice fly to left, Baez scored102
    Galvis homered to right center, Joseph scored101
    Saunders homered to right center81
  • 5TH INNING
    Baez homered to right center71
  • 2ND INNING
    Herrera singled to center, Altherr scored70
    Altherr doubled to left center, Rupp and Hernandez scored60
  • 1ST INNING
    Joseph homered to left center, Altherr and Franco scored40
    Altherr doubled to deep center, Hernandez scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • B. Duensing Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco flied out to deep left
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike looking, Saunders flied out to left
    • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Neshek Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Heyward lined out to left
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras flied out to left
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Baez singled to left
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Szczur grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Duensing Pitching:
    • D. Nava: Ball, Nava grounded out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altherr grounded out to second, Hernandez to second
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Montero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Montero flied out to left
    • B. Duensing: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duensing struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Grimm Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep right
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Saunders homered to right center
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Joseph walked
    • F. Galvis: Galvis homered to right center, Joseph scored
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rupp struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramos Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez safe at first on center fielder Herrera fielding error, Baez to second
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Baez to third on wild pitch, Szczur hit sacrifice fly to left, Baez scored
    • J. Jay: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Grimm Pitching:
    • T. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kelly grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Altherr grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramos Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist singled to center
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph lined out to center
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis lined out to right
    • C. Rupp: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez homered to right center
    • M. Montgomery: Montgomery grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Schwarber reached on fielder's choice to third, Jay out at second
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to second
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Altherr walked
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to right center, Altherr to second
    • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Franco hit by pitch, Altherr to third, Herrera to second, Altherr to third, Herrera to second on wild pitch
    • M. Saunders: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Saunders grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Altherr out at home
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch, Bryant to second
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Zobrist lined out to left
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Saunders singled to right
    • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked, Saunders to second
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Rupp grounded out to first, Saunders to third, Galvis to second
    • V. Velasquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Velasquez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Strike swinging, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Montgomery: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Montgomery struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Rupp: Rupp reached on an infield single to second
    • V. Velasquez: Foul, Ball, Velasquez flied out to right
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez doubled to shallow left, Rupp to third
    • A. Altherr: Altherr doubled to left center, Rupp and Hernandez scored
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to center, Altherr scored
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Franco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrera out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to first
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras singled to left
    • J. Baez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Altherr: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altherr doubled to deep center, Hernandez scored
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to third
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Saunders struck out looking
    • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joseph homered to left center, Altherr and Franco scored
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to first
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rizzo lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)