Lohse Takes Series From Cubs in Style

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Although Ted Lilly was sharp again in his third start of the season, the Cubs bats were shut down by Kyle Lohse, who gave up four hits, but struck out 12. ''That's a big confidence boost when you can face that part of the lineup with men on first and third and no outs and get the two strike outs,'' Lohse said. ''That's what we need right there to come through in that situation.'' Lohse fooled Jacque Jones with a nasty changeup, hit the outside corner all day to strike out Derrek Lee and Mark DeRosa, and was able to pitch out of jam with runners on the corners with no outs. Despite being handed his first loss of the season, Ted Lilly seemed content with his pitching performance, just hoping the hitting will come soon. ''I've had three starts and we're not winning a lot of games,'' said Lilly, who signed with the Cubs for four years and $40 million in the offseason. ''It's nice to go out there and throw the ball well, but the objective is to win games.'' The Cubs fall into last place while the Reds move into first place. The Reds will take on Prince Fielder and the Brewers at home while the Cubs welcome in Greg Maddux and the Padres for a two game series.