Ted Lilly was awful and the Cubs offense managed just 2 hits through the game’s 1st 6 innings as they lost to the DBacks 13-5 at Wrigley Field.
Ted Lilly looked sharp through the game’s 1st 3 innings, but he got into trouble in the 4th when he lost all control of the strike zone. Lilly walked Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds to start the inning and then served up Adam LaRoche’s 3-run bomb to deep left center field. After a double to Cole Gillespie, then Lilly served up a 2-run bomb to deep left field that put the DBacks up 5-1. Lilly worked through the 5th inning, but served up another homer to LaRoche in that inning as well. Not good.
It didn’t help that the Cubs bats were non-existent during the early part of the game. Sure they got on the board 1st with Ryan Theriot’s RBI single in the 3rd inning, but that would be all the excitement you would see until Kosuke Fukudome’s Grand Slam off of Ian Kennedy in the 8th inning. Kennedy and 1 reliever held the Cubs to just 6 hits during the game.
Out of the bullpen, Jeff Gray struggled again – giving up 2 ER on 2 hits and 1 walk in 1 1/3 inning. James Russell didn’t fare much better, although 4 of the 5 runs he gave up were “unearned” because of Aramis Ramirez’s throwing error.
The lone bright spots — Justin Berg and Sean Marshall each worked perfect innings to close out the game. Both Berg (3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP) and Marshall (3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP) have been consistent for the Cubs out of the bulpen right from the start of this disappointing season. Manager Lou Pinella had a “mini” blow-up during yesterday’s post-game conference. Man, I definitely wouldn’t want to be in there today – he might take somebody’s head off…