Cubs Play Worst Game Of Season, Pounded By Angels 12-0

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Cubs Blasted Early And Often By Angels, Lose 12-0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Howie Kendrick and Juan Rivera both knocked in three runs to back a strong start from Jered Weaver, as the Angels thumped the Chicago Cubs, 12-0, in the middle contest of a three-game interleague series at Wrigley Field.

Weaver (7-3) struck out 11 and issued no walks over seven scoreless innings. Scot Shields retired all six batters he faced in relief to finish off the two- hit shutout.

Bobby Abreu went 4-for-5 with a run batted in for the Angels, while Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer.

Chicago starter Ted Lilly (2-6), who flirted with a no-hitter in his previous start against the White Sox, yielded a season-high eight runs — six earned — on nine hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Sunday, but Chicago’s Juan Pierre spoiled the bid with a leadoff single.

The veteran lefty was hoping to replicate his performance against the Angels. However, Kendrick began the game by homering over the right-field wall. Kevin Frandsen and Abreu then singled before Mike Napoli drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Rivera followed with a double to center that gave Los Angeles a 4-0 in the opening frame.

Lilly had allowed just four runs in his last four outings.

Hunter blasted a two-run homer in the fifth, and the Angels tacked on two more runs the next inning on RBI singles by Kendrick and Abreu.

Another run-scoring single off the bat of Kendrick made it 9-0 in the seventh.

The Angels scored three runs (one earned) off Bob Howry in the ninth.

Weaver leads the American League with 107 strikeouts…Hunter has 12 home runs this season…Marlon Byrd and Mike Fontenot both singled for the Cubs…The Angels have won three in a row and six of eight overall…Chicago fell to 3-5 on its nine-game homestand…The Cubs signed their top pick of the 2010 First- Year Player Draft, pitcher Hayden Simpson, to an undisclosed contract on Saturday. Simpson, 21, was taken 16th overall in the first round.

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Ted Lilly Returns To Mound After Spoiled No-No

(Sports Network) – Lefty Ted Lilly returns for the first time since a near- masterpiece when the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the middle game of a three-game interleague series tonight at Wrigley Field.

On Friday, Scott Kazmir picked up his fourth straight win, backed by home runs from Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter, as the Angels took the opener by a 7-6 score. Kazmir (7-5) went six innings and held Chicago to five hits and two runs as the Angels logged their first win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs took two of three in Anaheim in 2004.

Hunter ended 2-for-3, walked and scored three runs for the Angels.

Tyler Colvin hit a three-run homer in the ninth to help make things interesting for the Cubs, who had won the last two games of a three-game series with Oakland.

Derrek Lee had a pair of solo blasts, his ninth and 10th of the season.

Chicago’s Carlos Silva (8-2) took the loss for a second consecutive outing after starting the season 8-0. He was charged with three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

Lilly, a 34-year-old California native, carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox on June 13 before settling for a 1-0 victory after Juan Pierre broke up the gem.

The win ended an eight-start winless drought.

One start earlier, Lilly had allowed just four hits and a run in eight innings while getting a no-decision at Milwaukee, a game the Cubs won, 3-2. Over his last seven starts, Lilly’s earned run average has dropped from a season-high 5.29 to 2.90.

He is 5-4 in 10 career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles goes with 6-foot-7 right Jared Weaver, who looks for a third win in his fourth June start.

The 27-year-old was 4-2 in his initial 10 starts of the season and has added victories at Kansas City and at the Los Angeles Dodgers this month.

On June 13 against the Dodgers, he scattered five hits and allowed three runs with seven strikeouts in six innings – winning, 6-5.

Weaver, who has never faced the Cubs, is 4-2 with a 4.44 ERA in eight 2010 road starts.

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Despite Two 9th Inning Home Runs, Cubs Comeback Falls Short

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Scott Kazmir picked up his fourth straight win, backed by home runs from Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter, as the Angels took the opener of a three-game interleague set from the Cubs, 7-6.

Kazmir (7-5) went six innings and held Chicago to five hits and two runs as the Angels logged their first ever win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs took two of three from the Halos in Anaheim in the only other encounter between the clubs back in 2004.

Hunter ended 2-for-3, walked and scored three runs for the Angels, who managed to salvage the finale of a three-game series against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Tyler Colvin hit a three-run homer in the ninth to help make things interesting for the Cubs, who had won the last two games of a three-game series with Oakland.

Derrek Lee also homered in the ninth and had a pair of solo blasts, his ninth and 10th of the season.

Chicago’s Carlos Silva (8-2) took the loss for a second consecutive outing after starting the season 8-0. He was charged with three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and zero walks in six innings.

Hunter’s one-out solo shot to left-center off Silva in the sixth gave Los Angeles a 3-2 edge and Bob Howry was touched for three unearned runs in the seventh as the Angels broke open a one-run game.

The first two batters reached on back-to-back throwing errors by Jeff Baker, and pinch-hitter Juan Rivera got a run home on a grounder to third that Baker bobbled to negate a potential double play.

Kendrick then drilled a Howry offering out to right-center for a two-run homer and 6-2 lead. Another unearned run was allowed to score in the eighth, when Hunter walked leading off, stole second and scored on a two-base throwing error by Lee.

LA seemed to be in control after Francisco Rodriguez recorded a 1-2-3 eighth, but he returned for the ninth and walked the first two batters before serving up a three-run blast to Colvin.

Fernando Rodney entered and got two quick outs, but Lee made it a one-run game with a home run to left-center. Geovany Soto grounded to third to end the game and give Rodney his sixth save.

The Angels opened the scoring in the fourth as Hideki Matsui knocked in Bobby Abreu with a base hit and Jeff Mathis dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt single to score Hunter.

Lee immediately got one back with a leadoff homer in the home half and Soto tied the game at two on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Lee has 23 career multi-homer games. It was his first such effort this season…Colvin ended with two hits, walked and scored twice…Silva, who pitched in the American League from 2004-09, fell to 7-3 lifetime against the Angels…The Cubs had won three of their last four overall…During Kazmir’s current run, he’s allowed just 18 hits and six runs in 23 innings…Hunter stole his sixth base of the season…Baker’s two miscues were his first of the year…The Cubs have the fourth-most errors in the majors this season (52).

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Second-Place Angels Try To Make Up Ground In AL West, Take On Cubs This Weekend

(Sports Network) – Resurgent right-hander Carlos Silva makes his first appearance since his first loss of the season today when the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to open a three-game interleague series at Wrigley Field.

Silva, who won just five games over 36 starts in 2008-09, was 8-0 in his initial 11 outings of 2010 before dropping a hard-luck 2-1 decision against the Chicago White Sox on June 12.

The 31-year-old allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings in the loss, actually lowering his season’s earned run average from 2.93 to 2.89.

The defeat was his first at home of the season after four wins in his initial six Wrigley starts. Overall, he’s allowed 42 hits and 14 earned runs in 45 1/3 home innings.

Lifetime against the Angels, Silva, who pitched in the American League from 2004-09, is 7-2 in 13 appearances with one complete game and a 3.77 ERA in 86 innings.

The Cubs enter on a two-game win streak after Kosuke Fukudome’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Geovany Soto to give them a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics in the rubber match of a three-game interleague series.

Xavier Nady tied the game in the eighth with a sacrifice fly and Jeff Baker contributed a solo homer for the Cubs, who have won three of their last four.

Carlos Marmol (2-1) was credited with the win for getting the last two outs of the top of the ninth. Chicago starter Randy Wells threw seven effective innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits with one walk while fanning six.

Lefty Scott Kazmir gets the call for the Angels, who salvaged the finale of a three-game series against Milwaukee with a 5-1 win in Wednesday’s finale.

Bobby Wilson belted his first career homer and Joel Pineiro pitched eight strong innings as the Angels avoided a three-game sweep.

Pineiro (6-6) allowed just three hits, including a Carlos Gomez homer to start the third inning, and won his third straight start. He’s 4-0 lifetime against the Brewers.

Wilson, who started behind the plate, smacked a three-run homer in the second inning. Mike Napoli added a solo shot in the first for the Angels, who have not been swept at home since June 25-27, 2007 vs. Kansas City.

Kazmir, who got a no-decision in one career start against the Cubs, enters on a three-start win streak in which he’s allowed just 13 hits and four runs in 17 innings.

The 26-year-old was 3-5 on the season after dropping an 8-3 verdict to Seattle on May 28, but has rebounded with consecutive road defeats of Kansas City, Oakland and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He is 4-3 overall on the road with a 4.96 ERA in 45 1/3 innings, which is three-tenths of a run lower than his composite ERA over 12 starts.

Chicago took two of three from the Halos the last time these teams met back in 2004.

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Cubs Welcome Angels For First-Ever Wrigley Field Visit

As noted in this MLB.com preview of this afternoon's game, the Angels have never before visited the North Side of Chicago. But it's not the first time an Angels team has played in a ballpark called Wrigley Field:

In 1961, their first year as an American League club, the Angels played in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. That Wrigley Field had very short power alleys and a season-record 248 home runs were hit there in its only season as a big league stadium. The following season, the Angels played their home games at Dodger Stadium.

The L.A. version of Wrigley Field was meant to resemble the original the Angels will finally visit on Friday. In fact, the Cubs often used it for Spring Training from the 1920s into the '50s, when the then Pacific Coast League L.A. Angels called it home during regular seasons.

The Angels coming to Chicago's Wrigley for the first time have the best road record in the Major Leagues since 2004 (295-228, .564). They've gone 14-5 over their past 19 road matchups. The Angels enter the series on the heels of the Rangers in the American League West.

The Angels will send Scott Kazmir against the Cubs' Carlos Silva at 1:20 this afternoon.

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