Ted Lilly started off a little unbalanced in the first inning, as Arizona's Chris Young gave Cub fans an '07 playoff flashback by smashing a first-inning homer, giving Arizona the early lead. But from that point on, Lilly proceeded to dig in and simply got better as the game progressed.
Lilly went seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with only two walks and struck out ten. Great outing Ted.
The Cubs' offense really didn't show up until the fifth inning, when it was Lilly who gave the spark Chicago needed with a ripped single to center, scoring Mark DeRosa. He was followed by a smoked-double down the left field line by Alfonso Soriano, scoring the ever present Reed Johnson, which ended up being the nail in the Diamondbacks' coffin.
Players of the game were Ted Lilly and Alphonso Soriano.
Honorable mentions go to Mark DeRosa for breaking out of a slump, going two for three and scoring a run. Derrek Lee also blasted an insurance run to the left center field bleachers.
Final Score: Cubs 3 Diamondbacks 1—CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
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