Game Fifty – Cubs 2, Marlins 5
WP – Brad Hand (1-1) LP – Kyle Hendricks (1-2) Save – A.J. Ramos (5)
Kyle Hendricks gave up a pair of two-out doubles that accounted for all four runs he allowed. Giancarlo Stanton took Zac Rosscup deep in the seventh. Anthony Rizzo and Junior Lake doubled in runs in the third but the offense was stymied by lefty Brad Hand as the Cubs dropped game two in Miami on Tuesday night.
Kyle Hendricks made two mistakes on Tuesday night and it cost him four runs. With the pitcher on deck in the second inning, Hendricks served up a two-out double to Adeiny Hechavarria on a 1-2 pitch. Marcell Ozuna scored and the Marlins took an early lead.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk) and Junior Lake (2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI) hit back-to-back two out doubles in the third that gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. And Hendricks looked like he had the stuff to make the one-run lead hold up.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the fifth inning after a single from Brad Hand, a bunt single by Dee Gordon, an error by Jonathan Herrera and a walk to Martin Prado. Hendricks struck out Giancarlo Stanton swinging for the first out and Justin Bour popped out to Starlin Castro.
Marcell Ozuna drove Hendricks’ first pitch into right center and cleared the bases.
Kyle Hendricks turned the game over to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Hendricks allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Hendricks made 97 pitches, 62 for strikes, in six innings.
The Cubs offense could not string any hits together against starter Brad Hand, but tried to mount a comeback in the ninth. Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a walk) singled and Addison Russell (0-for-3 with a walk) walked to start the ninth. Matt Szczur hit for Edwin Jackson and struck out swinging.
Chris Coghlan (1-for-2) singled to right. Gary Jones held up Castro at third. Russell had his head down and did not see Castro had stopped at third. Stanton threw behind Russell and he was tagged out. Miguel Montero struck out swinging to end the game.
The Cubs managed eight hits but only three walks against the Marlins’ staff.
Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with a runs scored) recorded his first multi-hit game since May 15 and scored the Cubs’ first run. And David Ross (1-for-3 with a double) doubled.
Starlin Castro put his name in the Cubs’ record book Tuesday night. Castro singled in the ninth inning, the 900th hit of his career. Castro became the youngest player in Cubs history to 900 career hits. At 25 years, two months and nine days old, Castro reached 900 hits quicker than Ron Santo. Santo reached the milestone on Aug. 26, 1965 in St. Louis at 25 years, six months and one day old.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 27-23 on the season.
The Marlins took a lead in the second inning after Marcell Ozuna reached on a swinging bunt up the third baseline to start the inning. David Ross bobbled the ball when he tried to pick it up and Ozuna reached. Dan Jennings called a hit and run on the first pitch to Christian Yelich. Rizzo fielded the grounder and took the ball to first. Ozuna advanced to second then moved up to third when J.T. Realmuto grounded out to second.
Kyle Hendricks left a 1-2 pitch up to Adeiny Hechavarria and he drove the ball over Lake’s head in right. The ball hopped over the wall, Ozuna scored and Hechavarria ended up at second with a ground rule double. Brad Hand, the pitcher who was on deck, flied out to left to end the inning.
At the end of two, the Marlins led 1-0.
The Cubs went to work against Brad Hand in the top of the third. After Herrera grounded out to second to start the inning, Dexter Fowler worked a full count before reaching on an infield single. Dee Gordon fielded the ball hit up the middle and appeared to throw him out. But it was ruled that Justin Bour was off the bag. Kris Bryant thought he took one out to right, but he flied out to Stanton instead for the second out.
Anthony Rizzo pulled a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner. Fowler scored and tied the game at one on a double by Rizzo. And Rizzo scored when Junior Lake doubled to right. And the Cubs took a 2-1 lead. Starlin Castro walked on four pitches. With runners on first and second, Addison Russell flied out to right to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks gave up a one-out single to Martin Prado in the third, but that was all. Hendricks made 49 pitches, 25 for strikes, in the first three innings.
After three complete, the Cubs led 2-1.
The Cubs went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings against Brad Hand. And Hendricks took the hill for the fifth with the Cubs up by one run.
Brad Hand, the Marlins pitcher, singled to left on Hendricks’ first pitch of the fifth. Dee Gordon dropped a bunt up the third baseline. Jonathan Herrera picked up the ball, but with no shot at Gordon, he decided to try anyway. The ball ended up down the right field line and the Marlins had runners on second and third with no outs. Hendricks did not get the call on a 3-2 pitch to Prado and walked him to load the bases.
Kyle Hendricks made his best pitches of the night and struck out Giancarlo Stanton swinging and got Justin Bour to pop out to Castro in short left (infield fly). But the inning was not over and Hendricks made a big mistake with his first pitch to Ozuna.
Marcell Ozuna drove Hendricks’ first offering, a sinker that didn’t sink on the outside part of the plate, into the gap in right center. Three runs scored and the Marlins took a 4-2 lead. Hendricks struck out Yelich swinging to end the inning.
The Marlins led 4-2 after five innings.
Giancarlo Stanton made is 5-2 in the seventh when he took Zac Rosscup out to right center.
The Cubs made it interesting in the ninth.
Trailing 5-2, Starlin Castro singled and Addison Russell walked to start the inning. A.J. Ramos struck out pinch-hitter Matt Szczur. Chris Coghlan singled to right. Castro rounded third and was stopped. Gary Jones held him up but Russell had his head down, Stanton threw to second and Russell was tagged out trying to get back to the base. Instead of bases loaded and one out, Miguel Montero stepped in with runners on the corners and two away and he struck out swinging to end the game.
Jon Lester faces Dan Haren on Wednesday night (6:10pm CDT) in the finale of the three-game series in Miami.