Game Sixty-Nine: Cubs 5, Marlins 6
WP – Sam Dyson (1-0) LP – Brian Schlitter (2-2, BS 2) Save – Steve Cishek (16)
The Cubs gave Tuesday night’s game away. The defense committed two errors that led to Miami first three runs and Brian Schlitter was left in too long as the Cubs dropped the second game of the series. The Cubs took a 4-3 lead into the seventh before Garrett Jones hit a three-run shot off of Brian Schlitter that proved to be the difference in the game.
Jeff Samardzija had a decent outing. Samardzija had trouble putting batters away and at least one runner reached in each of the first five innings. The Marlins squared up Samardzija rather well. And while all of the hits were singles, six of the seven hits went back up the middle and into centerfield. Samardzija was charged with one of the two errors and his miscue in the fourth extended the inning. Rafael Furcal drove in the tying runs off Samardzija in the fourth on a single to center.
Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Samardzija threw 110 pitches, 67 for strikes, in six innings. And he was in line for the win after Luis Valbuena (2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI) doubled in Chris Coghlan (1-for-1 with a run scored) in the seventh inning.
Rick Renteria went to Brian Schlitter for the seventh inning and then left him in to face Garrett Jones with two on and the Cubs clinging to a one-run lead. Jones hit another longball off Cubs pitching and his ninth home run of the season, a three-run shot, was the difference in the game.
Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless eighth and gave the offense a chance late in the game.
Junior Lake (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the second inning with his ninth home run of the season. Jeff Samardzija (0-for-1 with a SF RBI) hit a sacrifice fly in the second that plated Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base) with the Cubs third run. Chris Coghlan hit for Jeff Samardzija in the top of the seventh and scored on Luis Valbuena’s second double of the game. And Ryan Sweeney (1-for-1 with a double and a run scored) scored the Cubs fifth run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Justin Ruggiano (0-for-3 with a SF RBI and a walk).
The Cubs were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday and left seven men on base.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 29-40 on the season.
The Cubs went down in order in the first inning on 14 pitches, 10 for strikes. And the Cubs old foe led off the bottom of the first with a single to center. With Rafael Furcal at first, Adeiny Hechavarria singled to center. Jeff Samardzija struck out Giancarlo Stanton swinging. Casey McGehee hit a roller toward first that Rizzo fielded and threw to Castro. But Castro’s throw back to first sailed and was behind Samardzija. Furcal scored on Castro’s throwing error, 1-0 Marlins. Jones grounded out to Barney in the shift to end the inning. Samardzija threw 16 pitches in the first, 11 for strikes.
The Marlins led 1-0 after one inning.
Starlin Castro struck out swinging to start the second. Anthony DeSclafani hit Nate Schierholtz on his left foot with a 0-2 pitch. Junior Lake stepped in and crushed DeSclafani’s first pitch. The ball sailed over the wall in left and Lake’s ninth homer of the season gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Darwin Barney followed with a single to right center and moved to second on a single to left by Eli Whiteside. Barney took off for third on the first pitch to Samardzija. DeSclafani forgot about him. Barney and Whiteside pulled off a double steal. Jeff Samardzija lifted a 2-2 pitch into center. Jake Marisnick caught the ball, Barney and Whiteside tagged and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Valbuena flied out to right for the last out.
Jeff Samardzija worked out of a first and second jam in the second by catching Rafael Furcal looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning. Samardzija threw 39 pitches, 23 for strikes, in two innings.
The Cubs had a 3-1 lead after two innings.
The Cubs’ offense did nothing against DeSclafani in the third and fourth innings.
Jeff Samardzija threw 51 pitches, 31 for strikes, over the first three innings and took the mound in the fourth with a 3-1 lead. Samardzija issued a leadoff walk to Marcell Ozuna. Jake Marisnick singled to left. With runners on first and second with no outs, J.T. Realmuto tapped back to the mound. Samardzija fielded the ball but dropped it in the exchange as he was thinking about throwing to third before he had the ball. Samardzija tried to get the out at first, but his throw was late and the bases were loaded with no outs for Anthony DeSclafani. For some reason, DeSclafani swung and he hit a 0-1 pitch off the end of the bat. The ball hit in front of the plate. Whiteside picked up the ball, stepped on the plate and threw to first to complete the 2-3 double play. With runners on second and third with two outs, Rafael Furcal singled to center and plated Marisnick and Realmuto with the tying runs. Hechavarria singled to center with Furcal running. Giancarlo Stanton stepped in with runners on the corners and two down. And Samardzija struck him out swinging to end the inning … 76 pitches for Samardzija after four innings, 47 for strikes.
The game was tied at three after four innings.
Jeff Samardzija put together his first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the sixth and the game went to the seventh still tied at three.
Eli Whiteside flied out to left for the first out. Chris Coghlan hit for Samardzija and singled to left center off DeSclafani. Mike Redmond decided that was enough to DeSclafani and went to his pen for righty Sam Dyson. Luis Valbuena pulled a 1-0 pitch into the right field corner. Coghlan scored, 4-3 Cubs. Ruggiano grounded out to third, Valbuena held at second and Rizzo was intentionally walked. Starlin Castro pulled a 1-2 pitch toward third that McGehee fielded and took to the bag to end the inning.
Brian Schlitter replaced Samardzija for the seventh. Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a bunt single up the third baseline to start the inning. Stanton bounced out to Barney (3-2 pitch) for the first out. Hechavarria advanced to second on the play. Schlitter walked McGehee and put two on with one out for Garrett Jones. With Wesley Wright and Justin Grimm warming in the pen, Chris Bosio and not Rick Renteria, made his way to the mound. Schlitter was left in to face Jones. And Garrett Jones pulled a 1-0 pitch to deep right. The ball hit the top of the wall and skipped over the wall for a three-run shot. The Marlins took a 6-4 lead. Brian Schlitter should have not been left in to pitch to Garrett Jones. Schlitter retired Ozuna (flyout to right) and Marisnick (strikeout looking) to end the inning.
At the end of seven, the Cubs trailed 6-4.
Ryan Sweeney led off the ninth with a double to right center off of Steve Cishek and advanced to third on a passed ball with Valbuena at the plate. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging. Justin Ruggiano lifted a 2-2 pitch into center that Marisnick hauled in. Sweeney tagged and scored, 6-5 Marlins. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging to end the game.
The Cubs wrap up the three-game series in Miami on Wednesday morning (11:40am CDT). Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Nathan Eovaldi.