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.
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||60-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|August 08, 2013||Matt Guerrier||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|August 08, 2013||Thomas Neal||60-Day DL||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Thomas Neal||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Dioner Navarro||Day-to-Day||Right ankle contusion|
|August 03, 2013||Luis Valbuena||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Starlin Castro put an emphatic end to his power drought with one impressive drive.
Castro hit a long solo shot in the sixth for his first homer in a month, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake , Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney had two hits apiece.
Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Zach Miner (0-1) to the center field batter's eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive through a steady wind was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee and gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.
"I've been kind of struggling," Castro said. "It's been a long time since that happened, so I'm pretty happy."
Castro went 2 for 5 for his second consecutive multihit game. The shortstop is batting a career-low .242, but the homer against the Phillies was one of his hardest-hit balls this year.
"If he can put that kind of swing on that ball to center with the wind blowing in, that was nice and that's your game winner" Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Balls are coming of the bat like it did a couple of years ago and last year."
Michael Young collected three more hits for Philadelphia, which has split its last six games. Young went 4 for 5 in the Phillies' 6-5 victory in Friday's series opener and is batting .588 (10 for 17) in four games against the Cubs this season.
Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight day, giving him five on the year, but Philadelphia dropped to 9-7 under interim manager and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg .
Carlos Villanueva (3-8) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances. Five Cubs relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball.
"Villanueva got four huge outs and then you can match up to get to your setup guy and closer and set what happens," Sveum said.
"Obviously (home wins) haven't been coming around too much lately," he added. "So it was nice to get the lead and all the relievers did a great job and we made the plays when we had to."
It turned into a battle of the bullpens after left-handers Cliff Lee of the Phillies and Chris Rusin of the Cubs each allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings.
Gillespie drove in Welington Castillo with the last of three consecutive singles in the second, tying it at 1. Castillo had a tying RBI single in the third, and Gillespie's sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-3.
Lee allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked three. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is 1-4 with a 3.98 ERA in his last eight starts.
"He just seemed a little out of sync the whole start, throwing a lot of pitches, missing just off the plate," Sandberg said "He's a guy that usually pitches ahead in the count and goes after it and pounds the zone."
Lee agreed that it was an odd day for him.
"It was a strange game in the fact that they waited out some pitches that were right there just out of the strike zone and they were being called ball consistently," Lee said. "It didn't seem like I ever got a good break as far as them chasing a good pitch."
Frandsen gave the Phillies the lead with a line drive to left in the second, and Carlos Ruiz had a run-scoring double in the third after first baseman Anthony Rizzo committed a costly two-out error.
Young made it 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI triple that got past Gillespie in the right-field corner. He also had a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning in the series opener.
But Young also committed an error in the third that led to Castillo's tying hit.
NOTES: Phillies OF Domonic Brown struck out swinging in the ninth as a pinch hitter. The All-Star slugger was out of the starting lineup after he left the series opener due to soreness in his right Achilles tendon. "I'm probably going to feel it the rest of the year," Brown said. ... Philadelphia 3B Cody Asche (right hamstring strain) was ready to return to the lineup, but Sandberg decided to give him another day with a lefty pitching for the Cubs.