Apparently he felt a tad left out. All that early team success, and Ted Lilly was reduced to something of a cheerleader. Which given his quiet nature, must be a tough gig.
“I’ve been sitting and watching a lot of games,” Lilly said, “and it’s been a collective effort.”
Minus Lilly, anyway. His start to the 2012 season first required a stopover on the disabled list with a strained neck. Then came a rehab assignment last Sunday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he was roughed up for seven runs in six innings.
His season debut arrived Saturday against the Padres, and if overshadowed by the pair of two-run homers from Matt Kemp, it was everything the Dodgers could have hoped for.
Lilly was all efficiency, a model of left-handed precision in the 6-1 victory. He went seven innings, gave up only two hits, walked one and struck out four. Most importantly, of the 24 batters he faced, he threw a first-pitch strike to 19.