Crowds gathered outside Wrigley prior to Thursday’s matinee against the Diamondbacks to protest Arizona’s new immigration legislation, but the angry mob should have focused on the inhumanities taking place inside the stadium, as the Cubs were thumped 13-5.
Starter Ted Lilly was unable to shake ghosts of bad outings against Arizona past as he was rocked for six runs in five innings. The bullpen fared even worse as some dude named Gray and another named Russell combined to give up seven runs in the seventh.
Meanwhile, all of Chicago’s runs came on a single by Ryan Theriot and a grand slam by Kosuke Fukudome. Theriot’s RBI single came in the third and was the first score of the game. Manager Lou Piniella saw that as a bright spot.
“Well…we did score first,” said Piniella, splitting time during his postgame press conference between nodding off and staring daggers at an annoying freelance reporter who retains a Wrigley press pass for no apparent reason. “And, look, Fukudome had that nice grand slam. Sure, we were already down 12 runs at that point, but you like to see some offense on a day like today.”