Well, we didn’t call it the “house money” lineup without a good reason. Actually, this one was less on the Albuquerque-fueled lineup failing to do much against Joe Saunders – other than Elian Herrera, that is – than it was about the regression I feared was coming for Ted Lilly rearing its ugly head. The eight earned runs Lilly allowed in just 3.1 innings were the second most of his career, behind only a nine-spot he allowed in one of his final starts as a Cub before being traded in 2010.
But let’s not focus on that. So Lilly got lit up; it was bound to happen – predictable, almost – and a Triple-A lineup can be counted on to bail you out so many times. Let’s focus on the positive, and that’s A.J. Ellis taking Saunders deep for his fourth homer of the year. Sounds like an All-Star to me, no?