With the exception of Saturday night’s seven-run production thanks to Kris Bryant’s six-RBI performance, the Cubs have been winning with exceptional pitching lately. He hit a solo homer in the second inning off Carlos Rodon (3-2), Schoop’s first home run in the majors since April 15. His xFIP is much better at 4.36, but still not what the Miami Marlins expected out of him coming into the season. After the game he learned he’d was headed back to Triple-A New Orleans. Richard went 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on eight hits to pick up his first victory since June 16, 2013 against Arizona. So devoted to Cubs broadcasts were my sister and I, that when we stopped at a 76 to fill up the auto with gas, I half-expected to see Richard Petty visiting with Murph (we did not have 76 filling stations in Kansas to my knowledge). Mat Latos happened to look like the Mat Latos Cubs fans remembered in year’s past.
“It sucks that the two mistakes you have in the game end up leaving the yard and costing the team a game”, Hammel said. Miguel Montero followed up with a single through the hole on the right side of the infield to score Bryant.
Latos (L: 3-6, 4.90) suffered a tough-luck loss as he allowed just one run on one hit in seven innings.
The Marlins didn’t get a runner past first until the seventh inning, when Christian Yelich led off with a walk and moved to second on Adeiny Hechavarria’s single. This basically means that they rely on sequencing their pitches and locating them in order to get opposing hitters out. Three relievers combined to hold Chicago hitless after Cosart exited. On the mound for Miami will be Dan Haren. “We’ve been keeping the runs off the board as of late, and the offense has been providing enough, and the defense has been there”. But when Jeff Mathis hit a one-out single off Hendricks in the eighth, Maddon lifted him, and Hendricks received a loud ovation while Pedro Strop entered.
It was the 10th time in the past 12 games that the Cubs had scored two or fewer runs. He went 3 for 5, smashed a homer, had two RBIs and recorded his 15th stolen base of the season in Atlanta’s 9-5 win over the Phillies. The Cubs are 25-19 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +394.
Jennings refused to place the offensive struggles on the absence of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is recovering from surgery after breaking his left wrist. He allowed five hits while walking one and striking out six. Coghlan’s hit came two outs later. “It’s about executing when the opportunity presents itself”.
Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is ready to return from the disabled list and pitcher Jarred Cosart is headed to the minors. He managed to get Morse to strike out on a nasty slider on the inside corner and Dee Gordon hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Cubs RF Jorge Soler was activated from the 15-day disabled list (left ankle sprain) on Sunday and was inserted in the starting lineup.
Marlins: The Marlins are off Monday.
Ex- Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey will match up in Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals. He struck out seven and walked a pair.The Cubs took a 1-0 lead when left fielder Chris Coghlan scored from third on Latos’ wild pitch on a 2-1 pitch while facing shortstop Starlin Castro. LHP Wade Miley (8-7, 4.53) will pitch for the Red Sox.