Game Recap: Cubs 4, Rockies 0; One-Hit Wonders
I think we can call that one a bit unexpected. Five days after serving up 4 homeruns and 5 earned runs in 5 innings pitched, Ted Lilly took the mound for the first time at Wrigley Field and proceeded to hold the Rockies hitless until the 7th inning.
All told, Theodore Roosevelt "Psycho" Lilly went 6.2 innings, striking out 8, walking 2, and allowing only that 1 hit on 104 pitches. Meanwhile You-bald-ho, who threw shutout ball his last time out, walked 6 and failed to get out of the 4th inning, although he and the Rockies did escape numerous bases-loaded situations.
Amazingly the Cubs bullpen was mostly competent this time around. Angel Guzman, Aaron Heilman, and Kevin Gregg tossed 2.1 innings, allowing 0 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 4. Considering the circus he's been managing, Lou will take it.
Offensively, the only two Cubs not to get hits are ironically the two who've been the most successful. Ryan Theriot had his first 0-fer of the year and Mike Fontenot also failed to get a hit while starting third base for the first time in '09. The Fonz, meanwhile, collected 2 hits along with Derrek Lee (who drove in another run) and Three Finger Hill (who is now batting .300 on the season).
The Cubs also managed to draw 9 walks today, leaving most of them stranded (proving Dusty Baker's "base-clogging" manifesto to be right again). Among the regular walkers were Fooky (who walked three times) and Lee (who walked twice).
It was a dominating performance for Cubs pitching. Maybe that shouldn't be too surprising - after all, it was also a blisteringly crappy day weather wise and I'm pretty sure that Rockies manager Clint Hurdle intentionally got tossed so he could escape to the theoretically warmer comforts of the clubhouse. (Little did he know that the heater doesn't work in the Wrigley Field visitor's clubhouse.)
The Cubs have tomorrow off and will look for the pseudo-sweep on Wednesday.