Ted Lilly has been arguably the most solid performer on the Cubs this year, but Monday night in Philly he just didn’t have it. That became painfully evident pretty quickly: in the bottom of the 1st, Raul Ibanez crushed a 3-run homer to dead center, putting Lilly and the Cubs in a hole they would never come close to climbing out of.
Lilly wasn’t done being hammered either: he gave up a 2-run shot to catcher Carlos Ruiz in the second, then more runs in the 4th, finishing with a line out of a nightmare – 4 innings, 8 hits, 7 earned runs.
You sort of had a feeling things were going to slide back a bit after the elation of sweeping the Nats. And they did. But, even a 10-1 loss is only one loss. Beat the Phils on Tuesday and that bad taste is instantly washed away.
Rich Harden will get the next shot at that fearsome Phillies line-up. Let’s hope he fares better than Mr. Lilly.