The Cubs Tuesday night lost their first home game since May 17th, falling 7-5 to the Orioles in a game they trailed 7-1 as late as the home half of the 7th inning.
The bottom of the ninth was hard to take. The Cubs loaded the bases with none out against O's closer George Sherrill, but then Sherrill fanned Ronny Cedeño, Kosuke Fukudome, and pinch-hitter Henry Blanco in three especially ugly at-bats. The Cubs' historic home winning streak, their longest since July of 1936, was history.
The Cubs aren't the first team that Sherrill has shut down. The lefty now has 26 saves and opponents are hitting just .194 against him.
Sherrill is also not the first pitcher against whom Ronny Cedeño has looked feeble. After getting off to such a good start in 2008—through April, Cedeño was hitting .378/.451/.578 with 17 hits in 45 at-bats—Cedeño has looked overmatched and is hitting .203/.271/.219 with just 13 hits in his last 64 AB's.
Ted Lilly (7-5, 4.71) starts Wednesday night as the Cubs try to begin a new home winning streak against Baltimore's Brian Burres (6-5, 5.24).
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