The Cubs got a much needed easy victory tonight beating the Astros 7-1. Ted Lilly looked sharp allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks in 6.2 innings. He did not allow any runs. The only Astros run scored off of Sean Marshall, who pitched mop-up duty in the 9th.
Better yet, the Cubs bats came alive, albeit against an Astros pitching staff that is 14th in the NL in ERA. Mike Fontenot went 4 for 5, including his 6th HR, to raise his average to .249 for the season. He's now hitting .385 in June. Geo Soto went 3 for 5 and Kosuke Fukudome went 2 for 4. Overall the Cubs knocked out 16 hits to go with 8 walks. Despite leaving 16 men on base, they went 6 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
Up next, the Cubs will face Wandy Rodriguez. Wandy has been knocked around his last three outings, giving up 29 hits, 7 walks and 18 runs (only 12 earned) in 13.2 innings. The Cubs will see if they can continue that trend.
Carlos Zambrano goes for the Cubs and is coming off a strong performance against the Reds on June 5th, where he allowed no runs in 6.2 innings. He did walk 5 batters in that game, but that may have been due to a little rust coming off his 6 game suspension.