Monday, September 15, 2008

Zambrano throws no-hitter as Cubs beat Astros 5-0

Well, further proof that God exists- the Cubs are in first place and get their first no hitter in 36 years. (Number 257 in the history of pro baseball since George Bradley did it in 1876) Played in Milwaukee because of Ike. But it gets better Ted Lilly almost repeated the feat today. For you soccer fans out there, a no hitter is when the opposing team doesn't get a hit.

Pitching for the first time since Sept. 2, Zambrano stopped a Houston team that had not played since Thursday. The storm forced baseball to move two games from Texas to Miller Park and the Astros flew hours before they took the field.

Zambrano, known for his emotional displays on the mound, kept himself in control until striking out Darin Erstad to finish off the gem. It was baseball's first neutral-site no-hitter in modern history, the Elias Sports Bureau said.,0,5291319.story

Everyone from Cubs manager Lou Piniella to fellow starter Ryan Dempster needled Ted Lilly about having to follow up Carlos Zambrano's no-hitter. Lilly sure came close to one of his own. Lilly pitched no-hit ball until Mark Loretta's seventh-inning single, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Astros 6-1 Monday to sweep a two-game series moved from Houston by Hurricane Ike.,0,4263577.story

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