Not the way I expected the Cubs’ 2nd half to start – with 2 wins over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. But I guess we’ll take it. Now the Cubs batters have to face Hamels and Halladay over the weekend – 2 guys “slightly better” than Moyer and Blanton. Can Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny get the job done against the Phillies’ aces? We’ll have to wait and see.
Thursday night – Ryan Dempster was pretty dominant –6 2/3 innings pitched – 2 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks with 9 K’s. He lowered his WHIP to 1.20 and his ERA to 3.57.
Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto had home runs for the Cubs in the win. Aramis Ramirez continued his hot hitting with 2 2-run doubles to help break open the game.
Ted Lilly sent a message to teams in need of starting pitching in the Cubs 4-3 win this afternoon. Lilly tossed 7 great innings of 3-run ball, giving up just 4 hits (2 home runs) and 1 walk while striking out 10. Lilly is good – let’s hope the Cubs can move him to a winner for the final few months of the season and then re-sign him to a 3-year deal in the off-season. He is worth it.
Marlon Byrd had a 2-run home run and Aramis Ramirez – the red-hit A-Ram – won it in the 8th inning with his deep home run to left field off of Ryan Madsen.
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