Sunday, July 08, 2007
Lilly cools Pirates' bats
John Van Benschoten's struggles finally caught up with him. The Cubs got to JVB right from the beginning tonight, and sent him to the showers after only 2.2 innings. Van Benschoten allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking three. John Wasdin relieved him and allowed two more runs, spotting the Cubs a 7-0 lead through five innings. Ted Lilly quieted the surging Pirate offense, allowing only one run through 7.1 innings. He also added an RBI single of his own. Final score, 7-1.
Adam LaRoche was a late scratch due to a sore knee, and likely will sit out tomorrow's game as well. Josh Phelps took his place at first, and struck out looking three times. Awesome.
Of the 33,293 in attendance, a large portion were fans of the visiting Chicago Cubs. While it is disheartening to be beaten so easily, it is absolutely infuriating to do so while surrounded by out-of-town fans.
I would like to thank the Chicago Cubs for ruining beach towel night for me. There will be no warm memories from this game. All that I have gained from this night is another cheap Pirate towel that is one or two washings from being completely useless.