Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the 6th inning of last night’s 4-2 loss to the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field. Then the wheels came off as the Cubs dropped another close game during this extremely frustrating 2010 MLB schedule. How bad can it get?
How did it all go down? Starlin Castro’s high throw to 1st base on a routine groundball by Brett Carroll allowed Carrol to get to 1st to lead off the 7th inning. One out later, Lilly allowed an RBI double to Chris Coghlan – it was the 1st hit and 1st run of the game for the Marlins. The Cubs quickly rebounded when Soriano drove in his 2nd run of the game with a single to left field that gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. But Lilly floundered again. With one out in the 7th inning, Lilly gave up a single to Dan Uggla and then a go-ahead and game-winning home run to Ronny Paulino that gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Marlins scored another run on a double-steal with 2 outs, but by then, the wind was already out of the Cubs sails.
Castro’s night was just downright bad – not the way he wanted to kick of his rookie season in front of the hometown crowd. Castro committed his 1st error of the game on a high throw to first that allowed Cody Ross to reach base in the 3rd inning. Castro committed his 3rd error of the game when he let Hanley Ramirez’ groundball in the hole go under his glove. But he made matters worse by not hustling after the ball in shallow left field which allowed Ramirez to reach 2nd base as fans at the “Friendly Confines” booed the young rookie sensation. Manager Lou Pinella “gently criticized” Castro for not making the play on the ball, and Castro chalked it up to a “rookie mistake”. Castro better get his act together quickly or else he could be on the wrong side of the fence with Pinella AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, the fans.
One positive — Alfonso Soriano kept up his hot hitting. Soriano had 2 singles and a double and drove in both of the Cubs runs. He is now hitting .340 on the season.
Another positive — Carlos Zambrano worked a scoreless inning of relief, recovering from his disastrous appearance on Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati in which he gave up 2 ER on 3 hits in 1 inning of work.
Randy Wells looks to snap the Cubs current 3-game losing streak as the Cubs continue the series against the Marlins at Wrigley Field tonight.