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Ted Lilly Shines in Dodgers Debut – Dodgers 2, Padres 1 – 8/3/10 – Dodgers Stadium

Posted on 04 August 2010 by Lou

Congrats to Ted Lilly who tossed a gem in his 1st start with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.  It was an unbelievable performance by Lilly who has not really had to pitch in any pressure situations in 2010.  The Dodgers trailed the Padres by 9 games heading into the game and they needed a “pick-me-up” from Lilly.  And boy did he deliver.  After a rocky 1st inning in which he gave up a 1-out home run to Miguel Tejada and then a blop single to Adrian Gonzalez, Lilly promptly retired the next 20 batters he faced.  He threw 6 perfect innings in a row from the 2nd through the 7th innings and needed only 87 pitches to do so.  He did not walk anyone and racked up 5 K’s.  Most impressive – during the 20 in a row streak, only 4 balls made it out of the infield – rare for a fly ball pitcher like Lilly.  65 of his 87 pitches were strikes – a whopping 75%.

The funny thing is, Lilly found himself in familiar ground as the Dodgers only scored 2 runs on a Russell Martin double in the 2nd inning.  Lilly suffered from lack of run support from the Cubs all season long, so despite his 3-8 record, he was still a hot commodity because of his 1.12 WHIP, his under 4.00 ERA and his veteran presence.

Good luck Ted – we hope the good times keep rolling for you in L.A. until we re-sign you this off-season.  I really hope Jim Hendry gives your agent a call at some point this winter…

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