It was another frustrating loss for the Cubs at Wrigley today – 7-6 to the Angels. After winning 2 straight games over the A’s, the Cubs hoped to keep the momentum going against another AL West team. But it wasn’t meant to be as Scott Kazmir shut the Cubs down through 6 innings, allowing just 2 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks. The Cubs had their chances as they do in just about every game, but they could never come through with the big hit to break open an inning. The Cubs defense also failed their relief pitchers in the 7th and 8th innings. Jeff Baker’s 2 errors set up all 3 unearned runs off of Bob Howry in the 7th inning. That turned a 3-2 Angels lead into a 6-2 Angels lead. Then Derrek Lee’s throwing error in the 8th inning allowed Torri Hunter to score all the way from 2nd base to give the Angels a 7-2 lead. Not good at all.
The Cubs made it interesting in the 9th inning. Despite the 5-run deficit, Ryan Theriot and Chad Tracy coaxed walks to set up Tyler Colvin’s 3-run bomb out onto Sheffield. Francisco Rodney retired the next 2 batters, but Derrek Lee stroked his 2nd home run of the game to deep left field to cut the Angels lead to 7-6. But Rodney was able to get Geovany Soto out on a ground ball to 3rd base and the Cubs had lost at the Friendly Confines again.
Carlos Silva pitched so-so but came out of the game because of an undisclosed injury. Silva allowed 3 ER on 6 hits over 6 innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out 4 Angels’ hitters. Silva has now dropped 2 in a row after winning his 1st 8 decisions as a Cub.
Ted Lilly looks to get the Cubs back in the win column Saturday afternoon against Jered Weaver. Lilly has pitched very well all season long – 2.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP – but he has been a tough-luck started getting very little run support. He finally got his 2nd win of the season last Sunday against the White Sox, ending a 5-game losing streak. He tossed 8 no-hit innings before getting removed in the top of the 9th inning after giving up a lead-off single to Juan Pierre. Lilly hopes to throw a few more no-hit innings on Saturday against the Angels…