Results tagged ‘ Ted Lilly ’

6/29 Lineup & roster moves

James Russell and Jeff Stevens rejoined the Cubs on Tuesday while John Grabow was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate sprain of his left knee and Carlos Zambrano was placed on the restricted list. Both Russell and Stevens arrived in time for Tuesday’s game vs. the Pirates. Marlon Byrd is getting a breather. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

2B Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Colvin

LF Soriano

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Cubs help kids be active

On Tuesday, the Cubs athletic trainers, Marlon Byrd and Ted Lilly will host a PLAY campaign event at Wrigley Field. PLAY stands for “Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth” and is a public awareness campaign developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004 to combat child obesity.

Through a series of fitness programs at all 30 Major League ballparks, PLAY was designed to encourage kids throughout the country to be active, eat right and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Cubs head athletic trainer Mark O’Neal will run the event, which will feature 60-70 Chicago area youths, ages 11-15, from the neighboring Sheil and Gill Parks.

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Cubs honor Santo

Cubs pitchers Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly presented Ron Santo with a “Santo 50” flag autographed by all the players to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Major League debut. Santo was feted during pregame ceremonies on Monday. The former Cubs third baseman, now a color analyst for WGN Radio, made his debut on June 26, 1960, in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. He went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the first game, including his first big league hit, a single off Bob Friend.

“I could never think about retiring,” Santo said. “I love what I do and then I have five months off to be with my grandchildren. I want to be here when they win. And I think I will.”

He was presented with a photo of the Wrigley Field marquee with the message, “Thank you Ron for 50 great years.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Some Cubs-White Sox trivia

On Sunday, the Cubs ended the White Sox’s 11-game winning streak. It was the Sox’s first setback since Ted Lilly and the Cubs beat them on June 13. The White Sox’s 11-game winning streak was the longest in the Majors bookended by losses to the same opponent since 1948 when the Red Sox won 13 straight between losses to the Tigers.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Early Sunday notes

The tarp is on the field at U.S. Cellular Field but it’s early …

* The Cubs have scored three or fewer runs in six of the last seven games, and been shutout three times in the last seven games. They’re batting .193 heading in the last five games into Sunday’s contest vs. White Sox.

* Aramis Ramirez’s homer Saturday ended a string of 30-consecutive innings without an extra-base hit. Ramirez now has 194 homers with the Cubs, ninth most in franchise history. Next up is Hank Sauer at 198.

* The Cubs bullpen has a 2.80 ERA in June and has lowered that mark every month. The relievers had a 4.80 ERA in April and 3.96 ERA in May.

* The Cubs have played 28 one-run games, most in the Majors. They are 11-17 in those games.

* When reliever Brian Schlitter makes his ML debut, he’ll be the ninth rookie to appear in a game this year for the Cubs. They used 14 in 2009 and 11 in 2008. The franchise record is 20, done in 1902.

* Looking ahead to the upcoming series vs. the Pirates, the rotation will be:

Monday: Randy Wells vs. Paul Maholm

Tuesday: Ted Lilly vs. Jeff Karstens

Wednesday: Tom Gorzelanny vs. Brad Lincoln

— Carrie Muskat

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

6/19 Lou: "We've tried everything"

Lou Piniella had a few words for the Cubs after Saturday’s game but he didn’t tell them anything they don’t already know.

“I talked to them a little bit today,” Piniella said after the 12-0 loss to the Angels. “What am I supposed to do, yell and scream? That doesn’t do any good. Criticize people? That doesn’t do any good. You’ve got to go out and play on the field. That’s all you can do is play on the field. If not, you’re going to get embarrassed like you did today.”

The Cubs were charged with three errors, and now have made 12 in the last five games. They’ve now given up 44 unearned runs, the most in the Major Leagues.

“We’ve tried everything we have here,” Piniella said. “We’ve pitched everybody, we’ve played everybody, we’ve changed lineups, we’ve done everything that I can humanly do to get this thing turned around. That’s all I can do.”

What do the players do?

“We go out there and play,” Marlon Byrd said. “Lou manages. We go out there and play. It all starts with the guys on the field. Whatever lineup he puts out there, we have to go get it done.”

And keep the right frame of mind.

“You stay positive and continue to believe in yourself and continue to work hard and figure out if there’s some adjustments that you need to make,” said Ted Lilly, who took the loss. “I believe we’re going to continue to [be positive]. We have no choice but to continue to push it.”

“Do we think we’re better?” catcher Koyie Hill said. “Definitely.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Probables vs. Mariners, ChiSox

Looking ahead to the Cubs’ upcoming Interleague series in Seattle, it’ll be Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and Carlos Silva against the Mariners’ Jason Vargas, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez. That series starts Tuesday. If the Cubs stay in order, the pitchers in line to face the White Sox for next weekend’s rematch will be Ted Lilly, Carlos Zambrano and Dempster. That series will be at U.S. Cellular Field.

— Carrie Muskat


6/19 Lineup

The Cubs’ lineup Saturday is loaded with lefties against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver:

RF Fukudome

LF Colvin

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Tracy

2B Fontenot

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Get him a bat

You can have your 1-0 games. Lou Piniella likes to see hitting.

“I think the fans like to see hitting in a baseball game,” Piniella said Thursday. “Now, if you’re going to go watch a Sandy Koufax pitch or Fergie Jenkins, a great pitcher, you want to see what he does best.

“If you come to the ballpark and you want to have a few beers and eat a few hot dogs, you want to get up and down your seats a few times,” he said. “You want to see some action.”

That doesn’t mean he didn’t like Ted Lilly’s 1-0 win Sunday over the White Sox. But Piniella is keeping an eye on the scoreboard flags at Wrigley Field. If they’re blowing out, you can usually expect more offense.

So far this season, the wind has blown out for five games and the Cubs have scored 34 runs for an average of 6.8 runs per game. When it’s blowing in, which it has done for 23 contests at home, they have scored 85 runs for an average of 3.7. There’s been a crosswind for four games, which means the wind blows from the southeast or northwest, and the Cubs have scored 20 runs in those.

“We have a fly ball hitting team here in a lot of ways and it doesn’t really help when the wind is blowing in a lot,” Piniella said. “It helps the other team, too, we understand that [when the wind blows out]. We don’t have the quickest team so getting the ball up in the air and letting it sail into the stands or over these stands, it’s good for us.”

On Thursday, the wind was blowing in from the east at 12 mph.

— Carrie Muskat