A Scary Sweep for the Cubs ‘B-Team’ in Miami – Cubs 13 Marlins 3

Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 13 Marlins 3
WP – Jeff Samardzija (2-1) LP – Andrew Miller (1-3) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs completed the three-game sweep against the Marlins Sunday afternoon. Mike Quade ran out a starting lineup reminiscent of a split squad game in the Cactus League but the young Cubs were able to get the job done against Andrew Miller.

The Cubs scored eight of their 13 runs in the first two innings and gave Jeff Samardzija a very comfortable lead … but toward the end of the Cubs six-run second inning, Tyler Colvin was impaled by a broken bat as he ran down from third trying to score.

Welington Castillo ripped a ground rule double down the left field line and the broken end of the bat punctured Colvin in the chest.

Tyler Colvin left the game and will remain in Miami hospital for the next two to three days. The broken end of the bat punctured the wall of his chest. A chest tube was inserted to allow air in according to the Tribune to prevent lung from collapsing. Colvin is listed as being in stable condition … and WGN Radio reported Colvin’s season is over.

The Cubs offense was very patient against Andrew Miller and knocked the southpaw out of the game in the second inning. The young Cubs walked 12 times Sunday afternoon to go along with 10 hits … three of the Cubs 13 runs scored on bases loaded walks by Jeff Baker, Micah Hoffpauir and Tyler Colvin.

Jeff Baker (4-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored) had a huge game as well as Welington Castillo (2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored). Castillo notched his first RBI with the double in the second and hit his first homer in the ninth, a two-run shot off of Burke Badenhop.

With Geovany Soto having season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday, Welington Castillo should start as often as possible for the next two weeks.

Brad Snyder started the game in left and moved to right after the injury to Colvin. Snyder delivered a two-run single in the second … but it was a two-out, two run single by Bobby Scales that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first inning. And Q’s crew never looked back.

Jeff Samardzija picked up his second win in as many starts. Samardzija gave up three runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts … all three runs scored on two home runs, a two-run shot by Dan Uggla and a solo homer by Hector Luna. Samardzija threw 92 pitches, 57 for strikes. For the second start in a row, it was an effective start for the Shark but he still has a long way to go with his command.

Marcos Mateo, Thomas Diamond and Scott Maine each walked a batter in their inning of work but struck out five and did not allow a hit or run over the last three innings.

The six-game winning streak is the longest for the Cubs since August 23 – 29, 2008. The Cubs improved to 17-7 under Mike Quade and finished the nine-game road trip with a 8-1 record … the most successful road trip of at least nine games in the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club …

The Cubs continued playing good ball under Mike Quade Sunday afternoon. The young Cubs gave a full effort with the only negative being the scary injury to Tyler Colvin.

The Cubs scored all 13 of their runs in four different innings … and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Darwin Barney (0-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored) reached on a one-out walk in the first. Jeff Baker followed with a ground rule double to left. Micah Hoffpauir walked to load the bases. Tyler Colvin looked at strike three for the second out in the inning.

Bobby Scales singled to center on a 0-1 pitch and plated Barney and Baker for the first runs of the game … 2-0 Cubs. Brad Snyder flied out to left to end the inning.

Jeff Samardzija labored through the first inning after issuing back-to-back one out walks to Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison. Dan Uggla flied out to left and Gaby Sanchez grounded out to short on a 2-1 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs broke the game open in the second.

Welington Castillo walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Samardzija. Sam Fuld singled to left and advanced Castillo to third. Fuld advanced to second on a passed ball and Barney walked to load the bases.

Brett Sinkbeil took over for Andrew Miller and walked Jeff Baker to force in the Cubs’ third run. Micah Hoffpauir followed with another bases loaded walk … 4-0 Cubs.

Tyler Colvin walked and forced in Barney with the Cubs fifth run.

After Bobby Scales struck out, Brad Snyder singled to center and plated Baker and Hoffpauir with the Cubs sixth and seventh runs. Tyler Colvin ended up at third.

Welington Castillo broke his bat on a ground rule double to left. Colvin scored after the bat impaled him just above the heart. Jeff Samardzija ended up working a walk to load the bases but Sam Fuld lined out to right to end the inning.

Samardzija sat down the Fish in order in the bottom of the second.

Jose Ceda, the former Cubs top prospect traded to Florida in the Kevin Gregg deal, took the hill in the third and put together two solid innings. Ceda walked a batter and struck out three.

Samardzija lost his command in the fourth and issued a leadoff walk to Logan Morrison. Dan Uggla made it 8-2 with one swing of the bat. Uggla launched a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left. Samardzija struck out Sanchez, retired Stanton on a fly out to right and struck out Wes Helms to end the inning.

Darwin Barney worked a two out walk in the fifth. Jeff Baker singled to left, Barney advanced to third and scored on a passed ball by Mike Rivera. Micah Hoffpauir flied out to center to end the inning … but after four and a half, Cubs up 9-2.

Florida made it 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth on Hector Luna’s second homer of the season.

The Cubs tacked on four more in the ninth, with the big hit coming off the bat of Welington Castillo.

Brad Snyder reached on an error by Dan Uggla and scored on Welington Castillo’s first big league homer. Thomas Diamond hit for himself and walked. Sam Fuld doubled and plated Diamond with the Cubs’ 12th run. Baker then notched his second double of the game and plated Fuld with the Cubs final run of the game. Blake DeWitt grounded out to short to end the inning.

Sunday marked the Cubs first sweep of the Marlins since July 8 – July 10, 2005.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

The Cubs will spend their final off day of the 2010 campaign Monday in Chicago. Q’s crew opens a three-game series against the Giants on Tuesday night at the old ballyard. Carlos Zambrano will face Matt Cain in the opener.

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