Phew! The Losing Streak is Over!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Phew! The Losing Streak is Over!

. Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 25, 2008
Ted Lilly, practicing to become the next Jim Abbott

The Cubs returned to their winning ways on Wednesday with a 7-4 victory over the Orioles. Ted Lilly earned his 8th win on the year, which seems shockingly high given the amount I bitch about Ted Lilly. With the exception of Jay Payton, who hit two 2-run homers against him, Lilly kept the Orioles offense from doing much. His ERA is still higher than {insert generic pot reference} at 4.74, so his position in the rotation concerns me.

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 25, 2008

Aramis Ramirez flies The Invisible Jet to home plate, scoring easily

The offense looked solid again tonight, providing 7 runs on 12 hits. In fact, every starter except Eric Patterson got a hit (think about that voters!), and even walked once. The Cubs started off early, scoring 4 runs in the 1st and adding another 2 in the 2nd, giving them a comfortable 6-2 lead. Continuing his San Diego Spite, Jim Edmonds hit another home run (7 on the year) and walked 3-times. His recent play has led me to create the Jim Edmonds Fan-O-Meter:

We will use this to keep track of Jim's progress. He is currently in between "General Disdain" and "Hey! Not Bad!" - with updates coming as we see fit.

Tribune Photo by Charles Cherney / June 25, 2008

Geo Soto and Kerry Wood practicing for the Clubhouse rendition of "The Miracle Worker"

The bullpen provided some great pitching, with Marmol getting his 21st hold on year, allowing 1 hit, but striking out 2. Wood came in for the 9th and earned his 20th save by striking out all 3 batters he faced - on 13 pitches no less. Today, the rubber match features Jason Marquis vs. Radhames (?!) Liz. Would love to take this going into the much-less anticipated South Side version of the Crosstown.


Jen said...

I love the Jimometer! I see he's slid his way into alice blue. I may or may not be demanding a promotion to Cubbie blue depending on what he does during the 4th of July series.

Damn you Patterson! Just as I weighed in my vote of "The Better", you go and look much like "The Same". (I'm still salty about the error on Tuesday and will refuse to let it go until he offers some sort of reparations, most likely in the home run form.)