D-Train derails D-Lee and co.
Dontrelle "Imagination" Willis pitched 7 stellar innings of down-the-pipes fastballs and sliders last night, becoming the first 11-game winner in the Majors and besting his 2004 win mark of 10 in the process. Giving up just 1 ER on 7 hits while striking out 5, Willis kept the Cubs in check and allowed the Marlins to sashay back to the hotel as 9-1 victors.
Aided by a big 7-run 4th Inning, the likes of which Koronka could not escape, the Marlins slapped 11 hits (8 of them singles) on the board, including a solid batting outing for Dontrelle himself: 2-3, RBI for the pitcher, a line that bested any Cub in the lineup on this particular evening.
The Cubs shouldn't look too heavily into this one, and neither should we; Willis is a better pitcher than he was last season (10-11, 4.02 ERA) and the Cubs were still a little light in the loafers after an emotional Boston @ Wrigley weekend.
Tonight may well see more of the same, with Josh Beckett stepping to the mound in Marlins white (7-4, 3.13 ERA), although Mitre is more than a match for the league's top hurlers, having faced Clemens, Eaton and Halladay in his 3 of his 4 season starts (with the Cubs winning 3 of his starts, and we all remember how well he pitched against Halladay on an ESPN Wednesday afternoon).