May 2010 Archives for Agony & Ivy
Hero: Andrew Cashner, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, made a successful major league debut in the eighth inning. The 23-year-old right-hander, who entered with two outs, threw just one pitch and retired Ronny Cedeno on a popout to shortstop Starlin Castro.
"Should I bring a sweatshirt?" my wife Denise asked me as we were preparing to leave the house for our most recent visit to Wrigley Field.
Hero: Geovany Soto's fifth home run of the season, in the seventh inning, accounted for the Cubs' only run.
Hero: Carlos Silva (7-0) continued his amazing run with seven shutout innings. Silva - who exited after 100 pitches - allowed just two hits, struck out 11, and walked none.
Hero: Reliever James Russell's stock continues to rise. The rookie right-hander, in the longest outing of his major league career, worked four shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out one.
Those of us watching the game saw it quite clearly. But first-base umpire John Hirschbeck wouldn't budge, and now Ted Lilly is playing dumb.
The Cubs game on Wednesday night was delayed for 18 minutes when the power went out at Wrigley Field and in parts of Wrigleyville. Here's what various members of the Cubs did to pass the time.
Hero: Ted Lilly did not figure in the decision, but the veteran left-hander turned in his second straight terrific start, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings while walking three (all in the fifth) and striking out five.
Is Uncle Lou playing coy - as is his wont? Because if he's not, this is inexcusable.
Hero: Derrek Lee went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .242. He is 6-for-8 in the series.