Sunday, May 3, 2009

They say April showers bring May flowers. How about a Lilly?

If I would have told you prior to the season that on May 2, Ryan Theriot would have as many home runs as Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto combined, you probably would have stopped reading this blog and contacted me to make sure I was not off my medication. But that's the case: two long balls for Theriot (in back-to-back games), two for Lee and not-a-one for Soto.

Lilly's outing Saturday (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K) marked the first time a Cubs starter had pitched more than seven innings. Everyone's been in the six to seven inning range pretty consistently, but Lilly's start was the best we've seen all year. Lilly also became the first starter to get his third win.

Cubs pitchers have led the league in strikeouts eight years in a row, and they're at it again this year. Going into Saturday, the staff had racked up 186 strikeouts, tops in the majors--and they had 13 more on Saturday. And another welcome sight: the Cubs issued zero walks Saturday. Shout out to Van Miller who witnessed the 6-1 victory from a Wrigley rooftop.

Well, Derrek Lee showed he has more than warning track power--he crushed one onto Waveland Avenue in the 4th. Unfortunately, he struck out in his other three at-bats. Lee is second on the team in strikeouts behind Soriano.

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