Cubs Recap: Pirates @ Cubs 4/18/08

Cubs win. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Bucaroos 3-2 yesterday in a tight one. The story today was clearly Richard Hill. Hill, who had struggled to this point in the season and had even been demoted to the bullpen after his rough start (though he did not make an appearance out of the 'pen) went 5 innings yesterday, giving up 5 hits, 1 ER, walking 3, and striking out 4. Big relief.

After the rotation's other lefty, Ted Lilly, didn't exactly set the world on fire with his Thursday start, the sentiment would be much different today in Cubdom had Hill not put up a decent outing. But he did, so all is good for now. (By the way...that last link is a video clip from Perfect Strangers with Larry and Balki doing the "dance of joy." You have to watch that. Hilarious). Hill came out after the 5th having only thrown 82 pitches but Lou's comments after the game indicated he was basically just trying to build a foundation for Hill for the future rather than try to push him too much in his one decent start.

Great efforts also turned in by Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood yesterday too. The Marmot went 2 innings, striking out the side in the 7th and getting out of the 8th with another K after a Nate McLouth HR ran the score to 3-2. Woody then came on (no word on what his recent entrance music has been) and set the Bucs down in order to close out a tight one run game.

All 3 of the Cubs runs came in the 4th. Fuku led off with his first MLB triple and was shortly thereafter knocked in by DeRo. A Soto double and Reed Johnson infield single netted another run, and the final run came on Eric Patterson's first MLB RBI on a fielder's choice. Patterson would then go on to net his first MLB SB as well.

All in all, a good game. Great to see Hill bounce back. Great to see Woody breeze through a tight save situation. And great to get a W. Today's game vs. the Pirates will conclude the series-let's get our 2nd sweep of the year.

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