The Stat Line of the Night — 6/13/10 — Ted Lilly
The Chicago Cubs played their crosstown rivals the Chicago White Sox this weekend. Although the White Sox took the first two games easily, the final game yesterday would turn out to be far more interesting than the first two. Ted Lilly took the mound for the Cubs and had an epic duel with the White Sox Gavin Floyd. Both had no-hit bids go deep into the game, but Lilly’s lasted longer and he ended up getting the win.
While Floyd’s no-hit bid went into the 7th inning, Lilly took his into the 9th, where it was finally broken up by a Juan Pierre single. Lilly went 8 and at third innings. In that time he threw 108 pitches and only gave up a single hit and a single walk. He only struck out 3 and got a decent amount of help from his defense, getting 15 of the outs on flyballs to only 6 on grounders. His performance was a welcome relief for Cubs fans, who had suffered through 2 straight losses to the Sox and saw their ship sinking quickly.
The Cubs have struggled to score runs this year and although their pitching has been decent , it hasn’t been able to overcome a severe lack of offense. It took a near-perfect effort by Ted Lilly to help the Cubs win 1-0 last night, and the performance earned him “The Stat Line of the Night”.