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Baseball Mon Jul 20 2009

I Don't Think We're in Washington Anymore

If only the Cubs could have played the rest of the season in Washington DC. After their all too short, four game sweep over what is essentially a quadruple A baseball team in the Nationals, the Cubs had a rude awakening of what competitive baseball is like on Monday night. The world champion Philadelphia Phillies routed the Cubs 10-1 in one of the most lopsided losses of the year. The Phillies had been riding an eight game win streak coming into the series and the difference between playing them and the Nationals, who sit 27 games behind the Phillies in the NL East, was clear to the Cubs on Monday night. Raul Ibanez hit a three run home run in the first inning; during the second inning, Carlos Ruiz hit a two run home run to make a 5-0 lead as the game entered laughable territory early. Ted Lilly, coming back from a missed start due to a sore knee, gave up a season nine runs, seven of them earned, in just four innings pitched. On Tuesday, the second game of the series starts at 6:05 CT with Rich Harden (6-6) facing off against Joe Blanton (6-4).

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