NLDS Game 2: D-backs 8, Cubs 4

Bad pitching by reliable starter Ted Lilly, plus bad hitting by nearly everybody in the lineup.  

Here is the game story and boxscore.

I had thought this team had discovered that you win by getting on base, and then driving those runners in with singles and doubles, instead of trying to kill every pitch that is even close to the strike zone.  Apparently I was wrong.  Aramis Ramirez was 0-5 with 3K and 6 runners LOB, and is 0-9 in the series.

This failure to hit lefties – they’re now 19-25 for the season against them – is instructive in this way:  most lefties are of the “crafty” breaking-ball type, who can exploit hitters that swing too hard.  The Cubs need to re-tool a little bit for next year, and I hate to bring this up, but I think their highest profile hitters, Soriano, Lee, and Ramirez, are the biggest offenders here.  I know they have lots of money tied up in those guys, and Soriano is here until half-past forever, but when your 1, 3, and 4 hitters are all of this type, and only Theriot or Jones in the 2 hole can reliably get on base, your lineup is not going to score a lot of runs.  I love ya, Lou, but it’s time for a change.  There are too many “good” hitters, (meaning hitters who can be effective in the right situation) in this lineup to be this impotent, even against good pitching.     

Series moves to Wrigley Field for game 3, on Saturday at 5 PM.  Probable starters:  Rich Hill (11-8, 3.92) and Livan Hernandez (11-11, 4.93).   

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