Lilly's Strong Outing Not Enough

Harry PavlidisSenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2008

Bronson Arroyo slowly worked seven innings to beat the Cubs 2-1. Ted Lilly had a no-hitter until Ryan Hanigan led off the 6th with a double. Hanigan came in to score and Jolbert Cabrera drove home Edwin Encarnacion in the 7th for the difference maker. Again, Lilly was the victim of a lead-off double.

Other than outstanding defense by Mark DeRosa, Ted Lilly was the only thing keeping the Cubs in the game. I'm mildly (overly) interested in Lilly's curveball usage. For a few games, they disappeared - after Geovany Soto got the Bulldog to back off the pitch. Tonight, it returned, and was fairly effective.  Hanigan's double came on a curveball just in the bottom of the zone, but in the middle of the plate, but Lilly stuck with the pitch to the end. Almost (see table).

Ted Lilly - Pitch Selection by Inning 8/20/2008