Wayne is in the Wrigley Field press box and will have updates throughout the rainy opener.
April 13, 2009, 5:07 PM
By: Wayne Drehs
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
So maybe it was too early. Maybe I shouldn't have posted that last update or even hinted at what was going on here. Maybe I should have ignored Ross' question. Or maybe, between innings, that guy in the row behind me shouldn't have yelled on the phone, "Hey -- if there's a no-hitter, I'll call you back."
Because less than five minutes later, it was over. With two outs in the seventh inning, Garrett Atkins smacked a line drive base hit to left field and Ted Lilly's bid to become the 15th Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter was over.
Or, more than likely, none of that had anything to do with it. The odds just caught up with the left-hander. Either way, Lilly thoroughly entertained the Cubs faithful who braved the brutal elements on Monday. His final line: 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. After the hit, Lilly walked Seth Smith and then left the game to a standing ovation. Once reliever Angel Guzman coaxed Troy Tulowitzki into a fly ball to center, the inning came to an end and the frigid fans began fleeing for the exits (yes, I'm practicing my alliteration) with the Cubs up 3-0.
One thing that went largely unnoticed in all that happened during the seventh: During the pitching change, Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano all but hugged the well in the left-field wall in an attempt to stay warm. It's just Sori being Sori.
Wayne Drehs has been a feature writer for ESPN for nine years. He can be reached by e-mail.