Lilly Pitches, Hits, and Runs in Sharp Performance at Peoria
Ted Lilly threw 87 pitches—61 for strikes—in a seven-inning stint at Peoria last night, in which he gave up just one run and three hits while fanning nine. The Chiefs beat the Burlington Bees, 2-1.
Lilly walked the first man he faced and gave up a triple to the third Burlington hitter. He was almost perfect after that.
“I struggled with (my command) at times, but for the most part I felt alright. I was mixing my changeup more than I have, so I was getting a feel for it tonight.”
Lilly also requested to hit for himself and was allowed to do so. He wound up getting Peoria' first hit after the first eight Chief batters had been retired. Then, for reasons known only to Ted and the people who love him, he tried to steal second base.
"...he attempted to steal second (“I didn’t see that one coming,” Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke said) and appeared to beat the throw to the bag, but was called out. "I kind of regret it now,” Lilly said. “I definitely felt I had a great jump, but I’m not as fast as I was 10 years ago.”
The veteran lefty is hopeful he will be making his 2010 Cub debut on Saturday in Milwaukee.
“That’s the plan. We’ll see. I don’t know if that’s what they want to do, but that’s what I’d like to do. We’re going to have to redo some things with our rotation, but we’ll see.”