Taken from one of my favorite Cub-centric baseball sites, The Cub Reporter:
Starting for the AZL Cubs versus he AZL Angels at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning, Rich Hill worked five shutout innings (68 pitches, 47 strikes, 8/0 GO/FO), allowing three hits (all three singles) and a walk, with five strikeouts. He really had his roundhouse curve and efficient two-seamer working today, as he went to a three ball count on only two of the 17 Angels hitters he faced.
Coupled with his previous outing last Sunday when he worked four innings of one hit ball with six K, Hill has now gone 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB and 11 K over his last two outings since modifying his delivery under the auspices of Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Mark Riggins and AZL Cubs Pitching Coach Rick Tronerud.
I know that it's not likely that Hill will make the post-season roster( God-willing, if the Cubs DO make the playoffs), and granted, it's in Arizona where he's pitching against 18 to 20 year-olds, but I am definitely looking more closely at Hill's progression from here on in. When I think about the variable performances from both Marquis and Lilly-- both being really hot and sometimes really cold -- the option of Hill being back in Chicago might not be the worst of ideas.