It wasn’t meant to be for Ted Lilly. Although he didn’t take the loss, he didn’t get the win either. Lilly tossed 8 innings of 1-run ball, scattering 4 hits and zero walks with 8 K’s in the process. His lone mistake – a solo home run to Corey Hart that tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Cubs rallied to take the lead in the 9th inning on an Alfonso Soriano groundout, putting Lilly in position to earn the W and break his 5-game skid. But then Carlos Marmol blew his 3rd save of the year. A hits batsman followed by an intentional walk to Prince Fielder set up former Cubs Casey McGahee’s 2-run game-winning walk-off single that gave the Brewers the 3-2 win.
Lilly was the tough-luck recipient once again of poor offensive production from the Cubs hitters. Despite 8 hits and 3 walks, the Cubs managed just lone runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Not good. Kosuke Fukudome, Tyler Colvin and Starling Castro each had 2 hits in the loss. But it was Lilly’s stat line that stands out the most – he has a 1.09 WHIP and 3.28 ERA, but is only 1-5 on the season. Let’s hope Lilly stays focused – pretty soon he will get the run support and that should mean several wins for Lilly and the Cubs.