Game 25 Thread / Cubs @ Nationals (3 of 3)
|SP||*Ted Lilly||SP||*John Lannan|
|1-3, 7.30, 18 K, 11 BB||1-2, 3.42, 21 K, 10 BB|
|CF||Reed Johnson||2B||#Felipe Lopez|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||#Cristian Guzman|
|1B||Derrek Lee||3B||Ryan Zimmerman|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Nick Johnson|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||CF||Lastings Milledge|
|LF||Mark DeRosa||RF||Austin Kearns|
|2B||Ronny Cedeno||LF||Wily Mo Peña|
|C||Henry Blanco||C||Wi Nieves|
|P||*Ted Lilly||P||*John Lannan|
Cubs go for the series win and a winning road trip (3-2).
Lilly is coming off his first win and best outing of the year, on Tuesday when he beat the Mets. Though his pitching line was pretty attractive--6IP, 4H, 1ER--he also walked four and needed a couple of key pitches to avoid some serious problems.
The Cubs may face a good test in young Lannan, who fanned 11 New York Mets in just six innings on April 17th, then blanked the Braves for seven innings this past Tuesday, on his way to a victory over John Smotz.
Ronny Cedeno, hitting .400 (10-for-25) over the last week, gets bumped up in the order to seventh, Henry Blanco gets the obligatory Sunday start for backup catchers, and Geovany Soto gets a much needed day off, during which he can contemplate an atrocity so awful, veteran baseball man Lou Piniella has never seen anything like it.
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