Donovan Solano and Christian Yelich combined for six hits in nine at bats, three runs scored, and four runs driven in to lead the Marlins past the Cubs 6-2 at Wrigley Field to give the Marlins the series win and the possibility of a sweep still on the table. Yelich and Solano also had a stolen base each.
It all got started in the fifth when Yelich doubled to left center to drive in starting pitcher Tom Koehler, Giancarlo Stanton then came up and drove in Solano on a single into left field. Justin Ruggiano would be the next batter and he would drive in Yelich with Stanton being safe at second on a fielding error by Cub shortstop Starlin Castro. Luckily second base is all the further Stanton would get.
The Cubs would answer in the bottom half of the inning when Brian Bogusevic belted a deep home run to left center field to cut the lead down to two. Later that inning, Anthony Rizzo would hit a sacrifice fly to plate Welington Castillo. That cut the lead to one.
The game went silent for a couple of innings and then in the eighth Solano came up and smacked a two run double to deep right to extend the lead to three. The next batter, Yelich, would single to drive in Solano. That made the score six to two.
The Cubs offense could only manage four hits for the game compared to the Marlins’ 12. The Cubs went 0-5 with runners in scoring position, that includes an 0-2 from Starlin Castro.
Edwin Jackson was the starter in this one, he went five innings, gave up seven hits, and three earned runs on 104 pitches. Jackson was tagged with the loss, making it his 15th of the year. Blake Parker pitched an inning for the Cubs, he gave up three runs on four hits, which blew his ERA up. Zach Rosscup and Alberto Cabrera were pleasantly surprising. They are both September call ups and combined for an inning of work and no hits given up.
Tom Koehler was the starter for the Marlins, he was unable to make it through five innings. He only managed four and a third, but only gave up four hits and two earned runs. Four Marlins pitchers combined to pitch the next four and two thirds innings and the Cubs didn’t manage a hit, there was just one walk sprinkled in there. Ryan Webb got his second victory of the year.
The series will conclude tomorrow at Wrigley Field. Game time is scheduled 1:20 PM CT. The probable starters are, Brian Flynn, who has not made a start for the Marlins this year, and Jeff Samardzija (8-11) for the Cubs.
Topics: Alberto Cabrera, Anthony Rizzo, Blake Parker, Brian Bogusevic, Brian Flynn, Chicago Cubs, Christian Yelich, Donovan Solano, Edwin Jackson, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeff Samardzija, Justin Ruggiano, Miami Marlins, Ryan Webb, Starlin Castro, Tom Koehler, Welington Castillo, Zach Rosscup