One day after Rich Hill went 2/3 of an inning, Ted Lilly threw a strong seven innings to give the bullpen a rest, and also contributed a double in a 9-3 Cubs win over the Cardinals Saturday.
Prior to the game, Hill was optioned back to AAA Iowa for some fine tuning. Hill was 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA, but had walked 18 batters in 19.2 innings this season.
Right hander Sean Gallagher was called up to take Hill's roster spot, and veteran Jon Lieber will take Hill's place in the rotation for the next couple turns.
Lilly looked lights out throwing seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out four. Lilly, who has struggled early this season with his velocity, struck out four and gave up solo home runs to Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina.
Aramis Ramirez did not play Saturday because of a sore left wrist suffered in Friday night's game after he was hit by a pitch.
Mike Fontenot and Geovanny Soto made their presence known with Fontenot capping off a six-run fourth inning with a three-run homer to the bullpen in right field.
Soto and Kosuke Fukudome each drove in two runs to lead a 12-hit attack by the Cubs. Each starter had a hit in the contest.
The Cubs and Cardinals got some good news when the Brewers announced that right handed starter Yovani Gallardo suffered torn ligaments in his right knee and could be lost for the season, in his last start against the Cubs.
The Cubs and Cardinals will play the rubber game of their series tomorrow and the Cubs will then head to Cincinnati to take on Dusty Baker's team.