Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight – Cubs 2, Marlins 6
WP – Ryan Webb (2-5) LP – Edwin Jackson (7-15) Save – None
The Cubs went through the motions on Tuesday night and lost for the second straight day to the Miami Marlins.
Edwin Jackson struggled again. Jackson had little command and it caught up to him in the fifth inning. The Marlins put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings before finally breaking through against Jackson in the fifth. Jackson labored through a 34-pitch fifth inning and gave up three runs, with the third scoring on an error by Starlin Castro. Jackson turned the game over to the pen after the fifth. Jackson allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Jackson threw 104 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Alberto Cabrera made his 2013 debut and struck out one of the two batters he faced before Dale Sveum gave the ball to Zac Rosscup. Rosscup made his big league debut and threw the ball rather well. Rosscup struck out Chris Coghlan and walked a batter while picking up two outs on 16 pitches, eight for strikes. Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless seventh.
Blake Parker let the Marlins pull away in the eighth and gave up three runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of work.
The top of the Marlins’ lineup wore out Cubs’ pitching on Tuesday. Chris Coghlan (1-for-5 with a run scored), Donovan Solano (3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored), Christian Yelich (3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored) and Giancarlo Stanton (1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks) were a combined 8-for-17 with two doubles, five RBI, four runs scored and three walks.
The Cubs offense managed four hits on the night, three after the first inning and only one baserunner after the fifth inning. Brian Bogusevic (1-for-4 with a home run) hit his third longball of the season in the fifth and Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI) plated Welington Castillo (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Starlin Castro (1-for-4) and Donnie Murphy (1-for-4) collected the Cubs’ other two hits. Ryan Sweeney (0-for-3 with a walk) worked a walk in the ninth, the Cubs lone baserunner after the fifth inning.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 27-44 at Wrigley and back to 22 games under .500 on the season with a 58-80 record.
Edwin Jackson struggled through the first four innings and while he did not allow any runs, he was not fooling any of the Marlins’ hitters. There were plenty of loud outs to centerfield and it took Jackson 70 pitches, 41 for strikes, to complete four innings. The Marlins put runners in scoring position in each of the first four frames and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position with five men left on base.
The Cubs offense made life very easy for Tom Koehler on Tuesday. The Cubs managed only three hits and not a single walk over the first four innings. A pitcher with command issues was allowed to throw only 40 pitches, 29 for strikes, over the first four innings.
The game was scoreless going into the top of the fifth.
Tom Koehler led off the fifth with a single to right. Chris Coghlan flied out to right. Jackson could not put away Donovan Solano and he ripped a 3-2 pitch back up the middle and into center. With runners on first and second with one out, Christian Yelich worked a full count before ripping a double into left. Koehler scored, 1-0 Marlins. Stanton stepped in with runners on second and third with one down.
Giancarlo Stanton smoked a 2-1 pitch into left and hit the ball so hard that the speedy Yelich could not score from second. Solano scored on Stanton’s single and the Marlins took a 2-0 lead. With runners on the corners and one down, Justin Ruggiano rolled a 0-2 pitch to short. Castro appeared to rush the play in an attempt to try to get two and muffed it. Yelich scored, 3-0 Marlins, on E6. Jackson retired Logan Morrison on a flyout to left (2-1 pitch) and Hechavarria popped out to Schierholtz in right to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson threw 34 pitches in the fifth inning … and it took him 104 pitches, 63 for strikes, to complete five frames on Tuesday night.
Brian Bogusevic led off the fifth with a home run to left center (1-0 pitch) and his third longball of the year cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-1. Bogusevic’s home run appeared to rattle Koehler. The Marlins’ right hander issued a four-pitch walk to Welington Castillo. Junior Lake hit for Jackson and fell behind 0-2. Lake ended up working a walk and Castro stepped in with runners on first and second with no outs. Castro did not get the call on a 2-2 pitch that was down and in. Castro was called out. Luis Valbuena followed Castro and worked a walk to load the bases with one out.
Mike Redmond decided that was enough for Koehler and went to his pen for lefty Dan Jennings.
Anthony Rizzo lifted a 1-2 pitch to the track in right. Stanton caught the ball, Castillo tagged and scored, 3-2 Marlins. Schierholtz grounded out to second (3-1 pitch) to end the inning.
At the end of five complete, the Cubs trailed 3-2.
Alberto Cabrera made his 2013 debut and struck out Jeff Mathis swinging. Juan Pierre hit for Jennings and singled to right center. Dale Sveum made the slow walk and went to his pen for Zac Rosscup.
Pierre swiped second on a 0-1 pitch to Chris Coghlan. Coghlan tried to check his swing on a 2-2 pitch but could not and Rosscup picked up his first Major League strikeout. Pierre then swiped third, without a throw, on the first pitch to Solano. Rosscup walked Solano and put runners on the corners with two down. Solano stole second, without a throw, on a 1-2 pitch to Yelich. Brian Bogusevic hauled in the deep fly to left off Yelich’s bat to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Ryan Webb in the sixth … after six complete, the Cubs trailed 3-2.
The game remained 3-2 Miami until the Marlins broke the game open in the eighth inning.
Blake Parker struggled and allowed the Marlins to pull away. After retiring Hechavarria on a flyout to right, Jeff Mathis singled to left (0-1 pitch). Parker struck out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs swinging for the second out. Chris Coghlan followed with a single to right. Mathis advanced to third with two down.
Parker could not put away Donovan Solano. Parker jumped ahead of Solano 1-2 before Solano drove a 3-2 pitch over Schierholtz’s head in right. Mathis and Coghlan scored, 5-2 Marlins. Christian Yelich singled to left (2-2 pitch). Solano scored, 6-2 Marlins. Parker struck out Stanton swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against lefty Mike Dunn in the eighth and Michael Bowden set down the side in order in the ninth. And the game went to the bottom of the ninth with the Cubs down 6-2.
Ryan Sweeney walked to start the ninth, the first baserunner for the Cubs after the fifth inning. A.J. Ramos then struck out two of the last three batters he faced to end the game.
Jeff Samardzija takes on rookie southpaw Brian Flynn in his big league debut on Wednesday afternoon in the series and season series finale against the Marlins.