7/19 Silva's early exit
Carlos Silva made an early exit for the second straight start. On Monday, the Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and rapped seven hits, including a single by pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, to open a 5-0 lead. Hunter Pence hit a two-run single, and Carlos Lee added a two-run double with another run scoring when Chris Johnson grounded into a double play.
It’s the fourth time this season a Cubs starter has given up five or more runs in the first this season. Here are the other three:
April 5: Carlos Zambrano gave up five runs in first on Opening Day to Braves.
May 6: Randy Wells was charged with five runs at Pittsburgh.
May 28: The Cardinals collected five runs off Wells in the first.
After 41 pitches, Silva was lifted. In his last two starts, the right-hander has given up 11 runs on 13 hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings. This was his shortest start since lasting two-thirds of an inning May 30, 2008, against Detroit while with Seattle.
— Carrie Muskat