The Cubs got another dose of bad injury news Friday. Lefty Ted Lilly, their only All-Star this…
Magical Injury Tour
Lilly becomes the fourth veteran starting pitcher to go on the DL this season. Right-hander Ryan Dempster comes off the DL Tuesday. Earlier this year, right-handers Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden spent time on the DL.
The Cubs have found some positives in all this. Rookie righty Randy Wells came up earlier this year and won a spot in the rotation. He's 6-4 with a 3.10 ERA.
Right-hander Kevin Hart has won two starts in a row, and he'll fill in for Lilly.
"There's never a positive when a player goes on the DL, but in this case, we can get his knee and shoulder taken care of at once," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. "These kids are capable of pitching the same way the veteran is. Wells came in here and has done a really, really nice job. Hopefully, Hart can hold his own for two or three starts until we get Lilly back."
CUBS 5, REDS 2: Harden gave up only one hit and one run in six innings. He retired the final 16 batters he faced after giving up Joey Votto's homer with two outs in the first. The Cubs got two RBI from CF Kosuke Fukudome and an RBI triple from C Koyie Hill.
--1B Derrek Lee did not start Sunday because of recurrent neck spasms, which flared again Saturday. Piniella said Lee would start Monday night against Houston. Lee suffered the injury sliding while trying to break up a double play. Piniella said Lee will have to use caution with slides from now on.
BY THE NUMBERS: 20 -- RHP Kevin Gregg picked up his 20th save of the season Saturday. It's Gregg third straight season of at least 20 saves. He's the first Cubs closer to log at least 20 saves in his first season with the team since LaTroy Hawkins had 25 in 2004.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The way he's throwing right now, if he pitches the way he did the last two starts in Washington and Philadelphia, he can pitch on the equator in the daytime, and he's going to get people out." — Piniella on Harden, who had been having success in night games but trouble in the day until Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Reds.
--OF Kosuke Fukudome extended his hitting streak to eight games. For the past week, Fukudome has been working with his hitting coach from Japan, Kyosuke Sasaki, who went home over the weekend. The Cubs say Sasaki is welcome back later this season. Fukudome is 13-for-33 in the streak.
--SS Ryan Theriot extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-5. He's 11-for-33 in the streak and now has 34 multi-hit games. He was seventh in the NL in multi-hit games entering the day.
--LF Alfonso Soriano ran his hitting streak to nine games (16-for-36). The Cubs like the swings he's taking since moving from the leadoff spot to No. 6 in the order. That move looks to be permanent. --The Sports XChange
ALBUQUERQUE 4, IOWA 2 (CLASS AAA)
At Albuquerque, N.M., the Cubs (52-49) were held to eight hits in the loss Sunday. C Chris Robinson (2-for-4) and 2B Aaron Miles (2-4) led the team in hits. Robinson has hit safely in four straight games and six of his last seven starts. He is batting .327 in 17 games in July and .321 in 70 games overall. RHP Esmailin Caridad (5-10) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings.
DAYTONA 3, SARASOTA 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)
At Sarasota, Fla., the Cubs (49-46 overall, 15-13 second half) needed just four hits to grab the victory Sunday. CF Tony Campana (1-4) hit a three-run triple to score Daytona's only runs, extending his hit streak to eight consecutive games. He is batting .295 in 68 games overall, with seven stolen bases over his last four games, and 51 in 63 attempts between Daytona and Class-A Peoria. RHP Chris Carpenter started and pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run and three hits for a no-decision. RHP Jose Pina (2-1) earned the win in relief with a scoreless inning. RHP David Cales pitched two scoreless innings for his 12th save in as many opportunities. He lowered his ERA to 1.00 in 29 appearances (36 IP).
PEORIA 12, WISCONSIN 5 (CLASS-A)
At Peoria, the Chiefs (52-46, 14-15) collected nine hits, including three home runs, and won their fourth straight game Sunday. 3B Jovan Rosa (2-5) doubled, hit a grand slam, and drove in six runs. 1B Rebel Ridling (1-2, three walks) hit his 11th home run and SS Junior Lake (1-2) hit his fifth. RF Kyler Burke (2-4) added two hits, including his Midwest League-leading 33rd double. RHP Aaron Shafer (8-6) started and notched his team-high eighth victory, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.52 over five starts in July and 4.50 in 17 starts overall.
BOISE 7, EUGENE 4 (CLASS LOW-A)
At Boise, the Hawks (16-20) collected 11 hits in the victory Sunday. SS Hak-Ju Lee (2-5, RBI) had two hits and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games to raise his average to .341 in 33 games. RF Jose Valdez (2-5, RBI) collected two hits and extended his hit streak to 10 games. He stole his 11th base and is batting .331 in 35 games. 2B Logan Watkins (1-5) hit his eighth double and has reached base in 18 straight games. CF Brett Jackson (1-5, RBI) singled and has reached base in all 25 games he has played in between Boise and the Arizona Rookie League. LHP Jeff Antigua (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing one runs and two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out 11 batters, the most for a Boise pitcher since Rich Hill in 2003.
ANGELS 7, CUBS 5 (ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE)
At Tempe, Ariz., the Cubs (16-13) collected 13 hits in the loss Sunday. SS D. J. LeMahieu (3-5) paced the offense with three hits. LeMahieu and 2B Wes Darvill (2-5) drove in two runs apiece. Both each stole a base. RHP Luis Liria (1-1) suffered the loss in relief, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.
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