Cubs in Deep Hole

The Cubs are down 2-0 to the Diamondbacks in the best-of-five National League Division Series, and only seven teams in major league history have won a series after facing that deficit.

If the Cubs are going to make such a monumental comeback, they will have to get their heavy hitters in gear.

Alfonso Soriano is hitting .200 (2-for-10) after two games in Arizona, while Derrek Lee is hitting .250 with no runs batted in and Aramis Ramirez is 0-for-9.

"We knew that their pitching was going to be strong in this series," said manager Lou Piniella, whose team is hitting .179 through the two games. "We knew this going in. We're going to have to start pitching. We're going home to Wrigley Field and we have our fans there -- let's see what happens."

The Cubs must rely on left-hander Rich Hill to get them a win in Game 3 on Saturday at Wrigley Field. If they get past that contest, ace Carlos Zambrano will return to pitch the fourth game Sunday on three days' rest.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, CUBS 4: Left-hander Ted Lilly was pounded for six runs in 3 1/3 innings and the Cubs went on to lose Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Chase Field on Thursday night. Cubs rookie pitcher Kevin Hart gave up two more runs in the fifth, and the Diamondbacks bullpen prevented a comeback. Rookie catcher Geovany Soto had hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Cubs their first lead in the series, but Lilly allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning.

NOTES, QUOTES

--C Geovany Soto went deep in the second inning of Game 2, becoming just the second Cubs rookie to homer in a playoff game.

--LHP Scott Eyre was hit on the left hand by a comebacker in the fifth inning of Thursday's game and left the game. After the game, he said he is fine. He is the lone left-hander in the bullpen for the Division Series.

--LF Alfonso Soriano, who went 0-for-5 against Arizona in Game 1 of the NLDS on Wednesday, went 0-for-2 Thursday before he collected two hits in his next three at-bats.

--LHP Ted Lilly, the first left-handed Cubs postseason starter since Steve Trout in 1984, was 9-1 in 17 starts after Cubs losses during the regular season. But on Thursday, he allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings, and the Cubs lost 8-4 to the Diamondbacks.

--LHP Rich Hill will start Game 3 on Saturday at Wrigley Field for the Cubs in his first postseason appearance. Hill is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks lifetime. He picked up a no-decision against Arizona in one start this season, giving up one earned run in six innings.

BY THE NUMBERS: 20 -- Players who have appeared in three postseasons for the Cubs, with RHP Kerry Wood joining the list this year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I bring him in during the seventh inning of a ballgame and it's like the billy goat came out of the grave and -- what the hell is his name? -- (Leo) Durocher was turning over in his grave and everything else. I mean, for God's sake. I think there's an overreaction to this." -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella on criticism for removing RHP Carlos Zambrano (one run in six innings) for rookie RHP Carlos Marmol, who gave up two runs in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.


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