The Tigers completed a 3-game sweep of the Cubs on Thursday afternoon with a 6-5 win over Ted Lilly. Lilly had his worst outing of the 2009 MLB schedule and suffered his 5th loss of the season. Although the Cubs staked Lilly to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and a 4-2 lead in the 4th inning, Lilly couldn’t hold it, giving up 6 ER and 10 hits in 6 innings of work. He threw 107 pitches and and struck out 6.
Couple of positive hitting notes – Jake Fox went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored as he clubbed his 1st career major league home run in the 1st inning. Alfonso Soriano had 2 hits and scored on Fox’s HR and Kosuke Fukodome had 2 hits including an RBI triple in the 4th inning. Micah Hoffpauir stroked his 7th HR of the season to pull the Cubs within 1 run leading off the 9th, but the Cubs failed to cash in on Fukodome’s 2 out double as Tigers closer Francisco Rodney struck out Geovany Soto to end the game. On a side note, Derrek Lee went 0 for 4 and had his career-best 21-game hitting streak come to an end in the loss.
This Cubs team might be one of the most inconsistent teams in club history. After winning 4 games over the White Sox and Indians last weekend, the Cubs have now lost 4 in a row and look lost out there. The Cubs are now back under .500 at 34-35 and have 3 games coming up against the White Sox at US Cellular Field where they typically do not play well. The Cubs went winless on a 6-game road trip to St. Louis and San Diego back in May, and it looks like they may eclipse that mark if the White Sox sweep them over the weekend.
Fortunately for the Cubs, the Cards and Brewers keep losing too. The Cards are 40-34 and have a 1 game lead over the Brewers (38-34) and a 3.5 game lead over the Cubs.