6/19 Lilly struggles in loss
This wasn’t one of Ted Lilly’s better games. The lefty had given up four runs in his last four starts, but was charged with four in the first inning on Saturday in a 12-0 loss to the Angels.
“Ted got off to a bad start in the first inning and then he settled down but it wasn’t one of his better days,” Lou Piniella said. “Last time out, he pitched into the ninth inning. Today, his stuff wasn’t as crisp. From the first inning, especially, he was getting the ball up. When he’s really on his game, he’s keeping the ball down in the zone and he elevates it once in a while but he doesn’t pitch up consistently, and he was up today.”
He gave up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven. It’s the most runs he’s served up since giving up nine to Philadelphia on July 20, 2009. In his previous 10 starts, Lilly had given up one run in the first inning. On Saturday, he gave up four.
Lilly said he had trouble locating his fastball.
“I don’t think I threw very many good ones,” he said of his pitches. “Even before I threw bad ones, I wouldn’t make some good ones. When you lead into a poorly located pitch with poorly located pitches before that even, you’re less likely to get away with those mistakes.”
It’s going to be hard to wait for his next start to redeem himself.
Five days is going to be a long time, you know,” Lilly said.
— Carrie Muskat