Updated: June 14, 2014 5:59PM
PHILADELPHIA – This game had a little bit of everything.
Home runs by the Cubs in three consecutive innings. A hit by previously hitless catcher Eli Whiteside.
An appearance by former Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Scott Eyre, driving around the field with the Phillie Phanatic, shooting hot dogs to fans.
“A new hot dog-shooting record!” Eyre claimed afterward. “Twenty-four!”
Saturday’s game at Citizens Bank Park even included a surprise appearance by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, who emerged from the dugout in the fifth inning for a brief mid-game ceremony to celebrate Jimmy Rollins’ 2,235th career hit – breaking Schmidt’s Phillies franchise record.
“There’s only a couple teams that probably would rather have their shortstop than Jimmy Rollins,” Schmidt said after his record was broken by Rollins’ single to right. “He’s one of the top five in the league for sure.”
The game had everything.
Everything except for any sign of Cubs starter Edwin Jackson after the fifth inning. Again.
Everything except a win for the Cubs. Or even a lead. Again.
Big innings off Jackson by the Phillies in the second and fifth innings quickly unraveled another start by the $52 million pitcher as the Phillies beat the Cubs 7-4 in the middle game of a three-game series.
The Cubs fell to 2-4 with four games left on one of the longest road trips of the year.
The highlights for the Cubs amounted to solo home runs in the second, third and fourth innings by Mike Olt, Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena.
And lefty James Russell’s two innings of no-hit pitching to finish the game.