Game Recap: Cubs 6, Padres 4, Theriot Unquieted
Unrelated note: Attached is the second new graphic of the day. This one took a shockingly long period of time to make. Again, about 97% of it is made from scratch, with a few things borrowed from an ESPN image. Sometimes as a graphics guy I like to challenge myself to performing tasks without knowing if I can actually succeed. In this case though it's mission accomplished.
Speaking of mission accomplished, Ryan Theriot's got to be feeling like a billion bucks right now. The guy hit a total of one - ONE!! - homerun last year and he's already five deep in the 2009 season. And let's not forget that he began the year with something like 7 career homeruns and is now dangerously approaching the point where he doubles that number.
Other offensive stars tonight include Alfonso Soriano - who hit homerun #11, by the way - and Geovany Soto. Soto went 2 for 3 with his first homerun of the year and 3 RBI. Derrek Lee meanwhile went 0 for 4 and maybe the Cubs would be better off DLing him after all and giving him some time to work on his swing in Iowa.
Theodore Roosevelt Lilly worked his wonders. He threw into the 7th, surrendering 8 hits but walking 0 while striking out 7. Granted, he surrendered not one but two homeruns to Adrian Gonzalez but it hardly mattered.
Oh and in the 8th Carlos Marmol stepped in, allowed a leadoff single which he turned into a double play ball and then walked Nick Hundley, advanced him to second with a wild pitch, walked Brian Giles and gave up an RBI single to Jody Gerut. Not exactly his best night and half of his pitches were balls.
It's a series win for Chicago. The Cubs are now 19-14, half a game out of a three team clusterbang for first place in the Central. They'll be playing later today for a sweep and the chance to share the lead in the division.