Blake voices complaint about Lilly
Veteran accuses Cubs hurler of pitching in front of rubber
CHICAGO -- Third baseman Casey Blake accused the Cubs of cheating in the Dodgers' 1-0 loss in the finale on Thursday.
Opposing starter Ted Lilly -- in seven innings -- allowed the Dodgers only three hits, two of them by Blake, who accused Lilly of pitching from in front of the rubber. Blake, after his sixth-inning single, argued with first-base umpire John Hirschbeck to the verge of ejection and was still hot after the game.
"I know the guy doesn't have the fastest fastball and he's trying to get any edge he can, but the guy is just cheating," said Blake. "John wouldn't at least tell him to get on the rubber or move to get a better look at it. That's what made me mad."
Hirschbeck said he "couldn't tell" if Lilly was in contact with the rubber, but couldn't leave his position to get a better look.
"It's a hard thing to see and you've got to know for sure [to issue a warning]," Hirschbeck said.
Third-base umpire Wally Bell, asked by coach Larry Bowa to watch for the infraction after the dispute, said Lilly was in compliance.
"I looked and he was fine," said Bell.
Said Lilly: "There were a couple times I would get it and throw it. I think I was a little bit ahead of the rubber. I don't know if it was that much. It wasn't one of those things where I was thinking about it. [First baseman] Derrek Lee told me what he was saying to the umpires. If I was doing that, I might have done that a couple times, but I wasn't real conscious of it. I was just trying to get good footing."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.