After a successful return to Chicago for manager Ryne Sandberg, the Philadelphia Phillies would appear to be in good position to continue their recent road success over the Cubs.
Especially with Cliff Lee on the mound.
Looking to remain undefeated against the Cubs, Lee tries to help the Phillies to a sixth consecutive victory at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
In the first appearance on Chicago's North Side in his new role, Sandberg watched as Philadelphia (62-73) fell behind 5-0 on Friday before tying the game in the seventh inning and taking the lead on Michael Young's bloop RBI single in the ninth.
"It's a good one to get," said the Hall of Fame second baseman, who spent all but one of his 16 seasons playing for the Cubs. "The guys battled back. Good energy after that. Anytime you rally to come back like that it goes well with the guys."
He admitted the day was special.
"A little different view from this angle here looking out but other than that, this was a place that was very comfortable for me as a player," he said.
The Phillies, 9-6 since Sandberg replaced the fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16, have scored at least six runs in the last four of a five-game winning streak at Wrigley Field.
Chicago (56-78), which left nine runners on base, has lost four straight and 17 of 20 at home.
"We can't get a big hit to seal the deal," manager Dale Sveum said. "To add on runs is what you preach. We just couldn't add on."
Bouncing back likely won't be easy against Lee (11-6, 3.07 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts versus Chicago. He last faced the Cubs in July 2011.
Lee went 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in six starts before he allowed a run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday.
"It was just a game I felt like I was grinding and getting results," the left-hander told the Phillies' official website. "I'd like to have more games like that."
With four hits Friday, Young is 11 for 24 with three doubles in six games following a 2-for-24 stretch. He's 7 for 12 with three RBIs against the Cubs this season.
While Young looks to stay hot, teammate Domonic Brown is day to day after leaving the opener of this three-game set with a sore right Achilles. Brown leads Philadelphia with 27 home runs and 80 RBIs.
Ex-Phillie Nate Schierholtz hit his 20th home run Friday and is 5 for 13 with two homers against his former team this season. Schierholtz is 3 for his last 27 overall and 0 for 4 against Lee.
Facing Philadelphia for the first time, Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) is 0-2 in his last three starts while posting a 2.00 ERA and receiving one run during his time on the mound. He gave up three hits in 6 1-3 scoreless innings of a 3-2, 15-inning loss at San Diego on Sunday.
The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA at Wrigley.
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