Game Sixty-Eight: Cubs 5, Marlins 4 – 13 innings
WP – Carlos Villanueva (3-5) LP – Jacob Turner (2-5) Save – James Russell (1)
With two outs, Junior Lake on first base and the game tied at four in the 13th inning, Rick Renteria sent Travis Wood up to hit for Carlos Villanueva. And Travis Wood pulled a 1-1 pitch past a diving Casey McGehee into the left field corner. Lake circled the bases and scored the go ahead run on Wood’s pinch-hit double. James Russell retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the 13th for his first save since 2012 as the Cubs took the first game of the series in Miami.
Travis Wood delivered the game winner a day after he pitched eight innings of shutout ball in Philadelphia. Wood has driven in a career-high nine runs this season.
The Cubs bullpen stepped up again after another shaky outing from Jason Hammel. Seven relievers kept the Marlins off the board over the last seven innings while allowing two hits and walking five batters.
The Cubs fought back from a 3-0 hole and took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning on a three-run homer by Starlin Castro (3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI). But Jason Hammel could not keep the Marlins off the board in the sixth.
Jason Hammel was very hittable once again. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run missile over the wall in right in the first as Hammel labored through a 29-pitch first inning. The Marlins built a three-run lead by the third inning while the Cubs were trying to figure out Tom Koehler. And once the offense got to Koehler, Hammel was unable to hold the one-run lead that Starlin Castro gave him in the sixth with the three-run homer. Hammel gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Hammel threw 90 pitches, 68 for strikes, in six innings of work.
Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter did an excellent job of cleaning up Justin Grimm’s mess in the seventh inning. The Marlins loaded the bases with one out after Justin Grimm gave up a hit and walked two batters to load the bases. Wright retired the only batter he faced, Garrett Jones, and Schlitter caught Marcell Ozuna looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning. Schlitter pitched a scoreless eighth. Pedro Strop retired the side in order in the ninth.
Hector Rondon made his first appearance since June 8 and gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out the side on 26 pitches, 17 for strikes, and did not appear to have any issues with his right elbow.
Carlos Villanueva pitched two scoreless innings and James Russell retired the side in order in the 13th . Russell picked up his first save since July of 2012.
The Cubs offense was non-existent through the first five innings. The Cubs managed only one hit and one baserunner through five innings … and went down in order in four of the first five frames.
John Baker (2-for-5) picked up the Cubs second hit, a leadoff infield single in the sixth. After Jason Hammel failed to bunt Baker to second, Luis Valbuena (2-for-4 with a run scored and two walks) singled Hammel to second. Justin Ruggiano (1-for-5 with a run scored) loaded the bases with a single and Hammel scored when Anthony Rizzo (0-for-5 with a RBI) grounded out to first base. Starlin Castro gave the Cubs a brief one-run lead with a three-run homer to left, his 10th longball of the season.
The Cubs pounded out 11 hits Monday night and were 2-for-10 with RISP while leaving nine men on base.
With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 29-39 on the season.
After the Cubs went down in order in the first inning on 11 pitches, eight for strikes, Jake Marisnick led off the bottom of the first with a single to center on a 0-2 pitch. Marisnick swiped second with Jeff Baker at the plate. Hammel struck out Baker for the first out. Giancarlo Stanton lined a homer over the wall in right. The ball left the park in a hurry and did not elevate more than 20 feet off the ground. Hammel walked Casey McGehee before striking out Jones and Ozuna to end the inning. Jason Hammel labored through a 29-pitch first inning and threw 19 strikes.
The Marlins led 2-0 after one inning.
The Cubs went down in order quickly in the second and Hammel retired the side in order in the second. Hammel needed 36 pitches, 24 for strikes, to complete two frames Monday night.
Mike Olt collected the Cubs first hit in the third, but that was all for the offense. And the Marlins went right back to work against Hammel in the home half.
Jason Hammel retired Marisnick and Baker for the first two outs. Giancarlo Stanton singled to center, stole second on the first pitch to McGehee and scored on a Casey McGehee single to left … 3-0 Marlins. Garrett Jones grounded out to Olt in the shift to end the inning. Hammel threw 49 pitches, 36 for strikes, in three innings.
The Cubs trailed 3-0 after three innings.
Tom Koehler made quick work of the Cubs again in the fourth. Koehler threw only 47 pitches, 35 for strikes, over the first four innings.
Jason Hammel worked his way in and out of trouble in the fifth. Ozuna flied out to right for the first out. Adeiny Hechavarria singled to center and moved to third on a single to left center by Jeff Mathis. Koehler struck out swinging when he bunted a 0-2 pitch foul. Marisnick rolled Hammel’s first pitch to the hole at short. Olt fielded the ball and flipped to Valbuena at second to end the inning … 60 pitches for Hammel after four innings, 46 for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing in the fifth and Hammel kept the Marlins off the board in the fifth. Hammel threw 77 pitches, 58 for strikes, in the first five innings.
John Baker led off the sixth with an infield single up the middle, the Cubs second hit of the game. Hammel dropped down a bunt that Mathis picked up and threw to second. Baker was forced and Hammel just beat Hechavarria’s throw to first. Luis Valbuena singled to right. Justin Ruggiano followed and singled to center. Gary Jones threw up the stop sign at third and the bases were loaded with one out. Anthony Rizzo grounded out to first, Hammel scored and cut the Marlins lead to 3-1. Starlin Castro launched a 1-1 pitch from Tom Koehler over the wall in left. Castro’s tenth longball of the season put the Cubs up 4-3. Ryan Sweeney just missed a home run and flied out to left center to end the inning.
Jason Hammel took the hill for the sixth with a one-run lead. Marcell Ozuna ripped a 3-2 pitch into the gap in right center. Ozuna motored around the bases and ended up at third with a leadoff triple. Adeiny Hechavarria launched Hammel’s first pitch to deep left center. Ryan Sweeney made an excellent over the shoulder catch as he ran toward the wall. It was unclear at first if Sweeney caught the ball or not. Ozuna tagged and scored, just in case, and Hechavarria stood on third base until he was told Sweeney caught the ball. With the game tied at four, Hammel retired Mathis (grounder to short) and pinch-hitter Justin Bour (swinging strikeout) to end the inning.
The game was tied at four at the end of six innings.
Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh. And neither team could push across any runs in the eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth innings.
Jacob Turner made the first relief appearance of his career in the 13th and made quick work of Castro (grounder to short) and Sweeney (grounder to second) to start the inning. Junior Lake reached on a single to left center and Renteria went to his bench for Travis Wood. Wood pulled a 1-1 pitch past Casey McGehee and into the left field corner. Lake hustled around the bases and scored the go ahead run. John Baker flied out to left to end the inning.
James Russell made his way from the pen and retired the Fish in order on nine pitches to end the game.
Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Anthony DeSclafani on Tuesday night (6:10pm CDT).