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Cubs Shutout Rockies in Home Opener

April 14, 2009

chicago_cubs_baseballIt was cold Monday at Wrigley Field. So cold that Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez couldn’t feel his fingers. So cold that Lou Piniella’s beard appeared to grow significantly as the day progressed. Blankets and hot chocolate were the most popular items sold at the concessions. But it didn’t bother Ted Lilly.

Lilly combined with three pitchers on a one-hitter to help the Cubs post a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies and win their frigid home opener. Lilly (2-0) retired the first seven batters he faced, then walked Chris Iannetta with one out in the third before Garrett Atkins singled cleanly to left with two outs in the seventh to end his no-hit bid. Lilly then walked Seth Smith and was pulled after throwing 104 pitches. He struck out eight.

Angel Guzman, Aaron Heilman and Kevin Gregg finished things up for the Cubs, who didn’t seem to mind the 72-minute rain delay before the game started. The precipitation continued throughout, creating less than ideal conditions for the crowd. Lilly also had to deal with a 10-mph wind off Lake Michigan, fog and 36-degree temperatures.

Hill singled to lead off the fourth, Lilly walked and one out later, Ryan Theriot hit a potential double-play ball. But second baseman Jeff Baker threw the ball past Todd Helton at first for an error, allowing Hill to score. One batter later, Jimenez was lifted for Glendon Rusch, and Lee smacked an RBI single to make it 3-0. Kosuke Fukudome added an RBI single in the eighth.

The good news is Wednesday’s forecast calls for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Or maybe that’s a bad thing for the Cubs, who seem to like the nasty weather.

I love seeing that big white flag with the big blue “W”, flying over Wrigley!!

Go Cubs!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2009 3:50 PM

    We don’t get baseball on tv here in Australia which is a shame as it’d be more exciting to watch than boring old cricket

    • April 14, 2009 8:19 PM

      WHAT? NO BASEBALL in Australia??? That’s just a cryin shame!! LOL

      Yeah, no cricket here in the states. Not even sure how the game is played to tell the truth. 😦

  2. PURPLE HATTER permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:53 PM


    • April 14, 2009 8:21 PM

      ROFLMAO!! I was thinking about you when they were playing actually. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. 😉

  3. lazyeverdays permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:02 PM

    Gary! is starting an online film contest for cash rewards. We’re looking to get the word out through fellow bloggers. If you or anyone you know makes films, tell them to check this out…

    Take care!

    • April 15, 2009 10:27 AM

      Gary, beware of links like this. They often have virus’s attached. Just sayin.

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