On Saturday, Chicago Cubs All-Star Ted Lilly picked up his 100th victory as he held the Cardinals to four hits over eight innings in the Cards’ 5-2 loss in front of 41,210 at Wrigley Field.
Lilly is now 9-6 on the year and won his sixth straight win at home and lowered his ERA at Wrigley to 1.86. He struck out four and walked one in his team-leading 14th quality start. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the first against Brad Thompson, who fell to 2-6. He hit Milton Bradley with a pitch to force in a run. Then recently acquired Jeff Baker, making his second start, followed with a two-run single.
With one out in the Chicago fifth, Ryan Theriot singled, reached third on Lee’s double and scored when Aramis Ramirez grounded out for a 4-1 lead. Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single to end Thompson’s day before he could finish the fifth.
Sunday is a day-night doubleheader and the Cardinals could build their lead to 5.5 games over the Cubs or watch it get cut down to 1.5 games before the All-Star break.