7/16 Ted's great adventure
Ted Lilly still doesn’t have a hit this season but he does have an RBI.
In the fifth on Friday, Aramis Ramirez singled and one out later, Phillies starter Joe Blanton walked Alfonso Soriano. Both moved up on Starlin Castro’s groundout and Blanton intentionally walked Geovany Soto to face Lilly, who fell behind 0-2 and then drew a walk to force in a run for his first RBI since May 2, 2009.
“That was kind of an out of body experience,” Lilly said of his at-bat. “I don’t know why I swung at the first pitch I swung at and I don’t know why I laid off the ones I did. Fortunately, it worked out.”
“I saw that zero batting average up there,” Lou Piniella said of Lilly, who was 0-for-25 coming into the game. “I was hoping he’d get a digit. A walk was fine.”
“They were all close pitches,” Blanton said. “He just didn’t swing at them. It was pretty frustrating. I still shouldn’t have walked him, but what can I do?”
It was Lilly’s sixth walk of his career, second this season. The RBI was No. 13 in his career. And he’s now 0-for-26 at the plate.
– Carrie Muskat