Cubs Game Notes For Friday vs. Philadelphia
* The Phillies and Cubs have split each of the last two season series, with each team winning exactly three games versus the other each season. Prior to 2013 and 2014, the last time the Phillies went consecutive seasons without winning the season series versus the Cubs was when they lost the season series versus Chicago in both 2000 (3-6) and 2001 (2-4).
* The Phillies beat the Rays, 5-4, on a walkoff hit by rookie Odubel Herrera in the 10th inning on Wednesday. The walkoff win was Philadelphia’s sixth of the season, tied with the Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals for the second most in the NL (Cubs – nine).
* The Cubs trailed the Reds, 5-0, at Cincinnati on Wednesday before eventually going on to win, 6-5. The five-run comeback win is the Cubs’ largest deficit overcome to win in a road game since overcoming an eight-run deficit to beat the Nationals, 10-9, at Washington on July 7, 2011.
* Rookie Odubel Herrera recorded his second walkoff hit of 2015 on Wednesday, joining Detroit’s James McCann as the only rookies with two walkoff hits this season. The only other Phillies rookies with two walkoff hits in the Wild Card Era (since 1995) are Scott Rolen (1997), Marlon Byrd (2003) and Carlos Ruiz (2007), each of whom had exactly two walkoff hits in their rookie season with Philadelphia.
* Jon Lester is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five career starts versus the Phillies, the second-lowest career ERA versus Philadelphia since 1914 among pitchers who are undefeated against the Phillies (minimum 5 starts; Jeff Locke – 1.10).
* The Phillies have lost each of Jerome Williams’ seven road starts this season, the longest streak of road starts without a team win by a Phillies pitcher to begin the season since Philadelphia lost each of Matt Beech’s first 11 road starts of the 1997 season.