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Lilly Agrees to Forego Remaining 2010 Salary in order to Facilitate Trade from Lowly Cubs — Cubs 1, Astros 6 – 7/27/10

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Lou

Begging clearly didn’t do the trick, so now Ted Lilly has had to take drastic measures.  He has agreed to forego the remaining amounts owed to him for his salary for the 2010 MLB schedule in order to convince a team to take him on for the final 2 months of the season.  Groveling on his knees to Cubs GM Jim Hendry didn’t do the trick last week, so Lilly hopes that pitching for free for the rest of the season will help a team decide to pull the trigger on the stellar lefty.  Lilly has grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of run support that he has received from his teammates in 2010. Last night was a perfect example.  Lilly pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8 Astros hitters.  But when he left the game, the score was still 0-0.  You see, during that time, the Cubs had just 2 base runners against Bret Myers – a double by Tyler Colvin in the 4th inning and a Marlon Byrd walk in the 5th inning.  Yippee!!!

With another wasted outing from Lilly, the lefty is fed up with pitching well and having nothing to show for it.  With a 1.14 WHIP and a 3.69 ERA, it is shocking to see that Lilly has a 3-8 record.  Lilly has now allowed zero earned runs in 4 of his 18 starts and he has won only 2 of those games?!  In 5 of his starts where he has allowed 1 or 2 earned runs, he has a a 1-1 record with 2 no decisions.  Unbelievable.  I know you just have to chalk things up to bad luck sometimes, but this is a little ridiculous.  No wonder the guy is willing to do anything to get traded off of this sham of a team.

Talk about a futile offense at times.  Colvin ended up with 2 of the Cubs 4 hits, while fellow rookie Starling Castro had 1 and Byrd had the other. Colvin accounted for the Cubs lone run with a homer off Myers in the 9th inning.

Andrew Cashner’s streak of good luck finally ran out. After helping Lilly get out of a 2 on, 2 out jam in the 6th inning by striking out Chris Johnson, Cashner imploded in the 7th inning.  2’s were wild as he hit 2 batters, walked 2 batters and gave up 2 hits – with the big blow coming courtesy of a Lance Berkman Grand Slam to deep center.  The 6 runs allowed sealed the Cubs fate, but I like Manager Lou Pinella’s move to keep Cashner in the game after the Berkman bomb.  He showed some toughness once again by getting Chris Johnson to line out for the 3rd out of the inning.

It was another frustrating loss in a long, frustrating season for the Cubs in 2010.  Let’s hope Randy Wells can salvage the series finale on Wednesday.  It’s not looking good, however, as the Cubs trail the Astros 7-1 in the 8th inning.  Ouch…

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Cubs Hang Tough Against Cards in Weekend Series @ Wrigley Field – Cubs 5, Cards 6 Saturday 7/24/10 & Cubs 3, Cards 4 – 11 INN – Sunday 7/25/10

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Lou

The Cubs showed some grit against the Cardinals over the weekend in a “must-sweep series” at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.  And while they could finish off the sweep on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, I was impressed with the fact that the Cubs actually won the series.

In Saturday’s 6-5 win, give credit to Tom Gorzelanny for pitching well enough for the Cubs to win.  He tossed 6 innings of 3-run ball (despite 7 hits and 3 walks) to pick up his 4th straight win and 6th overall.

Youth proved useful again as well.  Andrew Cashner tossed 2 innings of relief in the 7th and 8th innings to get the ball to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol with a 1-run lead.  Despite putting the tying run on with a walk in the 9th inning, Marmol got the job done with 2 K’s to pick up his 18th save of the season.  Tyler Colvin led off the game with a home run again and Starling Castro had 3 hits, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.

In Sunday’s tough 4-3 loss, the longball came back to haunt Ryan Dempster again.  Dempster did not have his best stuff, but he gutted out 103 pitches over 7 innings to put the Cubs in position to win the game.  He gave up 9 hits and 4 walks and his 6th inning home run to Albert Pujols ended up tying the game at 3.

Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol each worked scoreless innings of relief, but Brian Schlitter served up Felipe Lopez’s game-winning home run in the 11th inning as the Cubs lost 4-3.  The Cubs had their chances against Chris Carpenter and 4 Cardinals relievers, but they could never push across that extra run in any given inning.  Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot each had 2 hits in the loss.

Carlos Silva goes for win number 10 on the season in Houston tonight.  Silva has not made it out of the 2nd inning in either of his last 2 starts, so let’s hope he puts together a good game tonight…

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Tom Gorzelanny Looks to Make it 4 Wins in a Row — 7/24/10

Posted on 24 July 2010 by Lou

After not getting a ton of run support early, Tom Gorzelanny looks to make it 4 in a row today at Wrigley Field.  Gorzelanny has won 3 starts in a row as he has not allowed more than 3 runs in any of his last 4 starts.

Gorzelanny has gotten off to a bit of a rough start – 2 ER on 3 hits and 2 walks through 3 innings.

But thanks to the Cubs youngsters, the Cubs lead 3-2.  Tyler Colvin led of the Cubs 1st inning with a home run for the 2nd day in a row.  Then in the 3rd inning, Colvin coaxed a walk and came around to score on Starlin Castro’s 2-run bomb to deep center field.  Cubs 3, Cards 2.

Should be a GREAT match-up in the finale on Sunday Night ESPN baseball – Ryan Dempster against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter. Can’t wait!

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Future Looking Bright for Chicago Cubs – Cubs 5, Cards 0 – 7/23/10

Posted on 23 July 2010 by Lou

Gimme a break, alright?! I’m just trying to stay positive as Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro, Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner keep churning out impressive performances.  Now I haven’t forgotten that the Cubs are still 10.5 games behind the Cards for 1st place in the NL Central – even after today’s “easy” win.  It isn’t pretty, but at least some of the “kids” that we are betting on haven’t let the frustrating season get them down.

Tyler Colvin is clearly showing that he can play any outfield position every day of the season.  He led off the game with a home run to start the Cubs attack and he has a hit in 6 of his last 7 games.  He’s hitting .263 with a .320 on-base percentage.  In just 227 at-bats, he has racked up 14 HR’s, 37 RBI’s and 38 runs scored.  Not bad for a guy who didn’t become a starter until the middle of June.

Starlin Castro followed up Colvin’s HR with a single, although he was then erased on Derrek Lee’s double play.  He had 2 hits in the win which raised his average back up to an even 300.  July has been kind to Castro – he has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games in the month.  That includes 3 3-hit games and 4 2-hit games.  Simply put – the kid can play and it seems like he has adjusted to other teams’ adjustments to him over the last month or so.  After starting off the season red-hot, Castro’s batting average fell all the way down to .255 on June 24th.  But he has really turned it around since then and hopes to finish the rest of 2010 strong.

Randy Wells has also turned it around of late. Today, Wells worked 7 scoreless innings, giving up just 5 hits and 3 walks.  That makes 4 out of 5 starts in which he has allowed 1 run or less in each start.  The other start – he allowed just 3 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk in a solid 7-inning quality start against the Dodgers in L.A.  Can’t complain about that at all.  After a very slow start, Wells seems to have re-gained his focus.  He lowered his WHIP to 1.37 and his ERA to 4.07 and hopes to finish the 2nd half strong to get back to at least 10 wins (he has 5 wins now).

While Andrew Cashner did not pitch today, his numbers have been phenomenal for a rookie pitcher pitching in tense game situations.  In 23 2/3 innings in 21 appearances, Cashner has a 2.28 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up just 6 ER on 19 hits, striking out 17 against 12 walks.  More importantly, Cashner has rebounded from an “unlucky” stretch back in June when he suffered losses in 3 consecutive appearances.  Now that is pretty tough to do as a reliever, but it never seemed to derail the 23-year old rookie.  In fact, since that 3rd loss on June 30th, Cashner has a win and 2 holds in the month of July.  He has given up just 5 hits and 3 ER in 10 appearances in July and has become a trusted option for Manager Lou Pinella in late-game situations.  You gotta love his toughness.

And we cannot forget about Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol being “relatively young” as well.  Marshall threw 2 scoreless innings today, lowering his WHIP to 0.99 and his ERA to 1.78.  The guy has been so efficient and reliable this season – he is the team’s best pitcher by far right now.  Marmol has had his share of shaky outings – but what closer hasn’t?  Marmol has a 2.78 ERA with an acceptable 1.26 WHIP.  He has racked up 17 saves, while blowing 4.  Most importantly, he has had better control this year than he has had in each of the last 2 seasons.  In 45 1/3 innings, Marmol has walked just 33 batters while striking out 85.

Sure, the Cubs are 44-53 and they trails the Cards by 10 games, but there are some nice pieces in the mix.  Once we unload a few contracts this season (Silva, Lilly, Lee) maybe we can bring in some fresh blood via free agency during the off-season that will mesh well the young talented core on the North Side.  Come on, we can be optimistic, right?!

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Breaking News — Ted Lilly Begs GM Jim Hendry to Trade Him – Cubs 3, Astros 4, 12 INN – 7/21/10

Posted on 22 July 2010 by Lou

It’s been confirmed – Ted Lilly got down on his knees and begged GM Jim Hendry to trade him, even if it was a trade to pitch in the minor leagues or Japan.  Well, I’m not sure if that is even allowed – and now that I think about it a little more, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be allowed given the power of Baseball’s Players Union – but Lilly must be kicking himself for being stuck on this atrocious Cubs team.  The Cubs wasted another great Lilly start — 7 1/3 innings pitched,7 hits 1 walk and 6 K’s.  His only mistake was a solo home run to Pedro Feliz to lead off the 8th inning that knotted the game at 1 and potentially cost him a win.  Lilly has a 1.12 WHIP and a 3.88 ERA, yet he has a 3-8 record and he hasn’t won since June 29th.

Meanwhile, the Cubs offense was simply a wreck.  The had plenty of chances – racking up 12 hits and 7 walks – but scoring only 1 run through the game’s 1st 11 innings.  Lilly even scored that lone run way back in the 5th inning after he singled and scored on Starlin Castro’s RBI double.  But after that, it was one frustrating moment after another.  Let’s take a quick look:

The Cubs had a runner on base in each of the 1st 2 innings, but never scored.

In the 4th inning, the Cubs wasted a 2 on, 2 out chance when Koyie Hill struck out to end the threat.

After scoring the lone run in the 5th inning, the Cubs failed to get a runner on base in the 6th and 7th innings.  Then came the heartbreak.

In the 8th inning, after the Astros had tied the game at 1, Marlon Byrd stranded Aramis Ramirez on 2nd base with 2 outs.

In the 9th inning, the Cubs wasted a 1st and 3rd 1-out opportunity.  Alfonso Soriano pinch-hit and popped out to shallow center field (not deep enough to score Kosuke Fukudome from 3rd base).  Tyler Colvin then struck out to end the threat.

In the 10th inning, Starlin Castro led off with a double and after Derrek Lee lined out, the Cubs loaded the bases with walks to Aramis Ramirez and Marlon Byrd.  But Fukudome struck out and Geovany Soto pinch-hit for Hill but flew out to left field to end the threat.

In the 11th inning, Ryan Theriot led off with a bunt single and moved to 2nd on Mike Fontenot’s sacrifice.  Colvin walked, but Starlin Castro and Derrek Lee each flew out to end the threat.

After the Astros pushed across 3 2-out runs in the top of the 12th inning, the Cubs almost rallied back to tie the game with 2 outs.  Soto’s 2-run home run cut the lead to 4-3, and then Theriot singled and Jeff Baker walked to set up another scoring chance.  But Colvin lined out to right field to end the game.

WOW – talk about a team NEVER getting the clutch hit.

Gotta mention Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and Andrew Cashner again – these guys combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings to keep giving the Cubs chances to win.  Too bad the offense couldn’t come through.

The Cubs welcome the red-hot Cardinals this weekend at Wrigley Field – this could be really ugly.  The only good thing going for the Cubs is that they won’t have to face Adam Wainright or Jaime Garcia – 2 of their best starting pitchers…

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Jim Hendry Continues to Find Ways to Turn Positives into Negatives – Please Trade Carlos Silva Now! – Cubs 5, Astros 11 – 7/19/10

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Lou

Forget about the 11-5 drubbing that the Astros handed the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday night.  The bigger question is this – why is GM Jim Hendry waiting so damn long to deal Carlos Silva and Ted Lilly?  Each Silva start that Hendry waits, the cheaper and cheaper Silva gets because he is coming back down to reality like we all knew he would.  Come on Jim – take action now!

Silva started the season 8-0 in his first 11 starts as a Cub.  His next 5 starts were still good and he looked like a prime candidate to be dealt sooner rather than later.  Even though his record in those 5 starts was only 1-2, he allowed just 2 ER in 4 of the starts and 3 ER in the other start.  Any team would take those numbers from their starter any day.  On July 6th, Silva still had a 9-2 record with an ERA of 2.96.  But take a look at his last 2 starts, and it looks like the “real Carlos Silva” has stood up.  In his final start before the All-Star Break, the Dodgers lit up Silva for 6 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched (before he got tossed).  In his 1st start after the All-Star Break last night, the Astros lit him up for 5 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks in only 1 inning of work.  Not good at all.  Silva’s value has had to have taken a hit because of his last 2 starts.  When you throw in the fact that he is still owed $12.75 million in 2011 with a $2 million buyout for the 2010 season, the Cubs already expected to have to take a little of that on in order to make a deal work.  Now, dealing Silva could be in jeopardy.  Good job, Jim…

As for Ted Lilly, the guy is consistent and a bulldog out there.  It’s less important to deal Lilly, because he is a free agent at the end of 2010 and team’s might not be willing to part with prospects to rent someone like Lilly for just 11 guaranteed starts this season (with no guarantee of signing him next year).  But it would be great if the Cubs could move Lilly for a mid-level prospect or 2 and then have a handshake agreement with Lilly that the Cubs will make a strong push to sign Lilly back this off-season for another 2-3 year deal.  Lilly should be a hot commodity and I’m surprised Hendry hasn’t agreed to a deal to move Lilly yet.  Not sure what he is waiting for – like I said, the prospects that you can expect to get back for him will not be top-notch because he is a free agent at the end of the season – but you gotta think some team has made a pitch for him at this point.  Come on Jim – let’s do something here…

Aside from Silva’s disastrous start last night, you have to like some of the Cubs hitting of late:

Tyler Colvin – in the leadoff spot for a 3rd straight game, hit a solo home run in the 6th inning and drove in another run with a groundout.

Starlin Castro has been hitting better – batting average up to .288 – but went 0 for 4 hitting in the 2-hole for the 3rd straight game.

Derrek Lee had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.

Aramis Ramirez had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s with a home run.

Geovany Soto had 2 hits with a run scored and has his batting average back up to .291.

Look to see the same lineup for a while now – Colvin, Castro, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soto/Soriano….

Let’s hope Ryan Dempster can get the Cubs back on track tonight against the Astros.  It would be his 9th win of the season…

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Successful Start to 2nd Half with Series Win Over Phillies @ Wrigley Field – Cubs 1, Phils 4 – 7/17/10 & Cubs 11, Phils 6 – 7/18/10

Posted on 19 July 2010 by Lou

While Saturday’s disastrous loss left a bitter taste in my mouth, you have to be pleased with the Cubs taking 3 of 4 games from the better Phillies squad this weekend at Wrigley Field.  The Cubs could really pack it in now that the season is all but over, but they played hard and they played well in the series against the Phillies.

The ageless Jamie Moyer has had some pretty incredible starts this season yet  the Cubs took it to him in the 12-6 series opening win on Thursday night. Ryan Dempster did what he needed to do to get the win.

Joe Blanton continues to baffle the Cubs – as he did in Friday afternoon’s pitching duel with Ted Lilly – but Aramis Ramirez propelled the Cubs to the 4-3 win with his game-winning home run in the 8th inning.  Carlos Marmol picked up a perfect 3-strikeout save in the 9th inning to preserve the 4-3 win.

It was another pitcher’s duel on Saturday as Randy Wells matched Cole Hamels pitch-for-pitch.  The Cubs took the 1-run lead in the bottom of the 7th inning on Ryan Theriot’s perfect suicide squeeze play that scored Starlin Castro.  Castro reached base on a double down the left field line and then made a “heads-up” play on groundball to the shortstop where Castro was able to get over to 3rd base with less than 2 outs.  Castro used his instincts to realize that since the ball was hit behind him, it was going to be a tough play to throw him out at 3rd base.  But then disaster struck in the 9th inning – Carlos Marmol walked 2 Phillies hitters but then managed to get 2 outs to give Cubs fans hope that they could get out of the jam for the 1-0 win.  But when Geovany Soto could not cleanly catch Tyler Colvin’s one hop throw to home that would have nailed Brian Schneider at the plate to end the game, the flood gates opened.  3 more walks and a wild pitch by Marmol led to a devastating 4-1 loss in front of the Wrigley Field faithful.  Just when you think that the 2010 Cubs have lost in just about every frustrating way possible, they go and lose another close game with bad play after bad play.

Fortunately, the Cubs managed to salvage game 4 of the series against Roy Halladay.  The Cubs capitalized on Halladay’s hitting Marlon Byrd twice – Geovany Soto drove him home with a homer in the 2nd inning and Alfonso Soriano drove him home with a  homer in the 6th inning.  The Cubs managed to get 6 runs on 7 hits off of Halladay and then 5 more runs on 5 hits and 1 walk off 2 relievers in the 7th inning that blew the game wide open.  Tom Gorzelanny wasn’t great – 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 5 walks in 6 2/3 innings – but he limited the damage and kept the Cubs in the game.

Kudos to Manager Lou Pinella for going with Tyler Colvin and Starlin castro 1-2 at the top of the order on both Saturday and Sunday.  Gotta give these kids chances and both responded in Sunday’s win – Colvin was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, while Castro was 3 for 4 with and RBI and 1 run scored.

Despite the positive weekend, the Cubs still trail the Cards by 9.5 games in the NL Central and the Reds and Rockies by 9 games in the NL Wild Card race.  But at least it looks like the team is going to fight all the way to the end.  And that’s all you can really ask for at this point in the season.

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Opposing Pitchers Feasting on Depressed Cubs Psyche — Cubs 2, Reds 3 (10 innings) 7/1/10

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Lou

I am really starting to like digging deeper into the Cubs woes in 2010.  At this point, it is just as much psychological as it is physical.  The Cubs clearly have a HUGE mental block right now, as they drop another 1-run game, this time in extra innings.  This one was even tougher to take because of Tyler Colvin’s heroics in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Down 2-0 after having ZERO scoring chances in the game’s 1st 7 innings, Colvin came through with a clutch 2-run single that tied the game at 2-2.  Colvin smartly advanced to 2nd on the throw home and then moved over to 3rd base after Mike Fontenot singled to shallow left field.  But once again, a Cubs veteran failed to come through with a runner on 3rd base and less than 2 outs as Derrek Lee hit into an inning-ending double play.  All we needed was a fly ball, a little single somewhere, a slow ground ball out, an error!  But no, Lee has to hit into the double-play.

You knew the Cubs would find a way to lose the game.  They actually almost did in the top of the 9th as Carlos Marmol loaded the bases with only 1 out, but he struck out Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto to end the threat.  They eventually did lose the game as Bob Howry gave up a 1-out single and then Sean Marshall picked a bad time to have his worst outing of the season.  Marshall faced 4 hitters giving up 2 hits, a walk and a run-scoring fielder’s choice play that sealed the Cubs fate.  The Cubs did manage to get 2 on in the 10th inning on a Starlin Castro single and Koyie Hill walk, but Colvin grounded into a game-ending double play to end the threat.

But back to my main point.  This team clearly does not have any confidence whatsoever.  They get good pitching, but can’t push across enough runs.  And when they do score enough runs, there always seems to be a collapse by the starting pitcher in the late innings or the bullpen in a tight game.

That being said, I really feel like a huge problem for the Cubs is the lack of consistent hitting.  Take a look at the last 2 games:

2-0 loss to Pirates on Wednesday – Brad Lincoln was making only his 5th career major league start.  In his 1st 2 starts he allowed 5 ER in each game with 6 innings pitched.  In his 3rd and 4th starts, he allowed 3 ER in each game and a combined 16 hits.  The kid clearly struggled against the likes of “poor-hitting” major league teams – the Nationals, White Sox, Indians and A’s.  But hey, against the Cubs, the kid looks like the next Cy Young, as he pitches 7 scoreless innings while giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk with 6 K’s.  In his previous 4 starts, he tallied only a total of 8 K’s!  Gimme a break.  Lincoln picked up his 1st major league win against the Cubs after going 0-2 to start his major league career.

3-2 loss to Reds today – Travis Wood was making his major league debut!  Through 7 innings, the Cubs managed just 2 hits and a walk off of Wood.  When Wood allowed back-to-back walks to start the 8th inning, Reds’ Manager Dusty Baker pulled the youngster and the Cubs eventually plated the 2 runners that had reached via Wood’s walks.  But up until that point, Wood had dominated a major league ball club with a payroll of over $140 million and he should have gotten the win if not for an inept Nick Massett.  That would have been back-to-back losses for the Cubs to young, inexperienced pitchers getting their 1st career major league wins.

It is a pretty dire situation for the Cubs right now.  Looks for lots of moves very very soon…

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Tyler Colvin Lone Bright Spot in Cubs 8-1 Loss to Mariners; Will Pinella Make it Through Rough 2010 – 6/23/10

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Lou

WOW – make this stop.  How much more can we take?  Another day, another loss.  They get uglier and uglier as the season progresses as evident in the 8-1 loss last night in Seattle.

Tyler Colvin & Marlon Byrd continue to be the only 2 Cubs players that produce on a regular basis.  Colvin stroked his 9th homer of the season in just 121 at-bats.  He has a .298 batting average and Lou is finally giving him the playing time he deserves.  Byrd had another 2-hit night in Seattle and Alfonso Soriano even got into the mix for a 2nd straight night with 2 hits.  But the Cubs managed just 1 run off of Cliff Lee.

Randy Wells continued his sophomore slump – 6 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings – even the light-hitting Mariners had no trouble making solid contact against Wells.  Wells ERA ballooned to 5.21 and his WHIP is hefty as well – 1.50.  Not good.

The Cubs are no 9 games out of 1st place in the NL Central and they are a whopping 10 games behind the New York Mets in the NL Wild Card race.  The season is officially over and now it’s only a question of whether Lou Pinella will actually survive the rest of the season?!?!

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Too Little, too Late as Cubs Drop Frustrating Opener 7-6 to Angels at Wrigley Field

Posted on 18 June 2010 by Lou

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…

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