This is getting redundant.
Chris Volstad had a tough first inning in which he gave up a bunt single, a squibber to SS, a walk on some questionable calls, and then a couple of seeing eye grounders. Only the last of the 5 singles was hit somewhat hard. Yet it led to 4 runs. He went on to pitch 5 scoreless innings on 3 hits.
The Cubs struggled to score runs for the first 6 innings, but that was partly due to an erratic day by home plate umpire Dale Scott. Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was the beneficiary of some charitable calls and the Cubs struggled with the enlarged strike zone.
Still, after squandering a bases loaded opportunity in the 6th in which they only scored one run, the trio of Tony Campana, Starlin Castro, and Bryan LaHair once gain carried the offense. After Campana walked and stole 2nd, Castro singled him home. Then LaHair tied the game at 4 by pulling a low and away pitch into the RF stands for his 5th HR of the year.
The Cubs bullpen then lost the lead. Scott Maine pitched pretty well but hit one batter and it eventually it cost him. Rafael Dolis came in to relieve him and Jimmy Rollins battled him for a single to put men on 1st and 3rd. Then Dolis fell behind veteran Placido Polanco, who made him pay with a game winning 2 run double.
It's a game where the Cubs didn't really play all that badly, but this is a team with a small margin for error and tonight they did just enough to lose.