Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee keep providing solid efforts down the stretch here in a frustrating 2009 MLB season for the Cubbies.
Lilly notched his 12th win of the season, pitching 6 scoreless innings. His pitch count was very high – 119 pitches – so Manager Lou Pinella took him out after the 6 innings. Lilly gave up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. With the outing, Lilly lowered his ERA to 3.17 and his WHIP to 1.08. Pretty sweet numbers in 25 starts in 2009.
Derrek Lee, meanwhile, kept on raking at the plate. Lee increased his batting average to .302 with a 3 for4 4 performance at the plate. He had 1 RBI on a solo home run in the 7th inning and he scored 2 runs. Lee continues to lead the Cubs offense in most categories – HR’s, RBI’s, runs scored.
Andres Blanco has also put together a few nice games for the Cubs here down the stretch. Blanco had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s on a single in the 4th inning that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Could we see a Jeff Baker / Andres Blanco platoon at 2nd base in 2010?
Aramis Ramirez also had another solid game – 2 hits and 1 run scored. Ramirez is now hitting .322 with a .382 on-base percentage…
In what should have been a meaningful September series with playoff implications, the Cubs battle the Brewers in 4 meaningful games at Wrigley Field this week. At 73-68, the Cubs are 9.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central race and 7.5 games back of the Rockies in the NL Wild Card race. At 69-73, the Brewers are 14 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central race and 12 games back of the Rockies in the NL Wild Card race. Talk about bad – especially for the 2 teams that battled down the stretch in 2008 for the NL central division title.