From the Cubicle: Cubs-D'backs

Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Diamondbacks game from a guy who's typing on one day's rest

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Last we saw these two teams on the field, the young Diamondbacks were having their way with the Cubs in last season's National League Division Series. They swept 'em. Ted Lilly, in his lone start, went nuts. Remember that? it wasn't awesome.

If you purged that from your memory bank, you're excused. It wasn't pretty.

Since then the D'Backs lost to the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS but learned a life's lesson in that series --winning's better than losing -- that they've put to practice this season. They lead the land in winsm, runs and some other categories I'm too lazy to look up. The Cubs, meanwhile, started hot and then haven't won a series since they beat the Mets on April 22 when Cedric Benson's boat was still in dry dock.

Lilly was the opposite: started slow but has been better of late, 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts. Let's hope he can keep it together today.

On the upside the Cubs avoid Brandon Webb, who won his eighth game last night. On the downside, Dan Haren is no slouch (4-1, 3.12).

Happy Friday, everyone (even though it's my Thursday this week) and happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, mine included.

You want yer lineups? I got yer lineups, right here.

Baseball shortly.

First inning

If this play-by-play suddenly stops, it's not because of another server problem like we had on Wednesday, but because I passed out from this unbelievably hot giardiniera on the Italian beef sandwich with which I just stuffed my face. I'm sweating like Joe Boroswki. Holy acid reflux waiting to happen. The sky is overcast, the cold wind is blowing in and the guy a few desks away will not stop sneezing. The message board is now live. Sorry about that. Here we go after all my ramblings, Lilly hits the corner for the a strike on Eric Byrnes. Byrnes then strikes out on three pitches. Stephen Drew grounds weakly to second for the second out. Chris Young hits the first pitch he sees from Lilly into the left-field bleachers for a solo homer. Talk about deja vu. As far as I can tell Lilly did not slam his glove to the ground. Conor Jackson pops out to end the top of the first, but Young goes deep and the Cubs and Lilly already are down a goal.

D'backs 1, Cubs 0

Alfonso Soriano hits one down the left-field line. Could be trouble. Byrnes gives chase ... and it's foul. Soriano grounds out to third. Theriot hits it to left where Byrnes makes a diving catch. There's much debate in baseball that Byrnes is a phony hustler, like he gets bad jumps on balls and then makes up for it with a diving catch. Kinda like Carlos Lee back in the day. Though, I'm not comparing the two because Byrnes is a much better fielder. There was a Byrnes catch on Baseball Tonight Web Gems the other night and Buck Showalter refused to give the guy credit. Derrek Lee's out on a swinging bunt in front of the plate.

D'backs 1, Cubs 0

Second inning

Lilly fans Justin Upton on a changeup. Lilly gets Mark Reynolds, too. Chris Snyer singles to left. Lee grabs Chris Burkes pop foul near the Arizona dugout to end the top half of the second.

For Lost fans, this is a good read about last night's episode. Yes, this guy way over-analyzes a TV show, but it's always a fun read. Aramis Ramirez grounds out to short. Kosuke Fukudome takes a high slider for a called third strike. "I don't know about that one," Bob Brenly says. Geovany Soto grounds out to third and the Haren has sat down the Cubs in order so far.

D'backs 1, Cubs 0

Third inning

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