Donnie Murphy had been quiet all game up until the bottom of the seventh inning, then he decided it was time for his first hit of the ball game. Murphy smack a two run home run to left field to put the Cubs up 8-7, a lead they would hold on to.
There was a lot of action from both sides in this series finale and it started in the top of the first when Logan Morrison hit a two run home run to give the Marlins the early 2-0 lead. The Cubs would answer in the bottom half by cutting the lead in half on a Darnell McDonald double that scored Junior Lake.
After the Marlins went quietly in the third, the Cubs had different ideas. Starlin Castro and Dioner Navarro hit back to back solo home runs to put the Cubs up 3-2. In the sixth Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam to center field to put the Marlins back on top 6-3. That would put an end to Jeff Samardzija’s night. In the Cubs half of the sixth inning Ryan Sweeney hit a solo home run to chip away at the lead, his bomb cut it to 2.
Donovan Solano would score in the seventh inning for the Marlins on a throwing error by the catcher Navarro. In the bottom half the Cubs would get two back on a single by Navarro that plated Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney. Then they would get two more on the home run by Murphy.
The Cubs would add an insurance run on the eighth on a Castro double that would score Brian Bogusevic. This was a big win for the Cubs in terms of confidence. Getting swept by the Marlins, who are one of the worst teams in the MLB this year, would not have been something to be proud of. Instead they are able to build off a win in which a lot of guys did a lot of good things.
Three Cub hitters had two hits, Castro, Navarro, and McDonald. Starlin Castro has been coming into his own a little bit towards the end of the year here, so that should be something Castro builds on heading into next year.
Hechavarria and Giancarlo Stanton had multiple hits for the Marlins. Hechavarria drove in four runs on the day.
Jeff Samardzija had a rough start for the Cubbies, he made it through just six innings of work giving up nine hits and six earned runs. Carlos Villanueva earned his fourth win of the year, he pitched one inning and gave up one earned run. Cub closer Kevin Gregg earned his 29th save of the year, while Pedro Strop got his tenth hold for the team.
Brian Flynn made his first career start for the Marlins and pitched pretty well. While he only managed four innings, he only gave up six hits and three earned runs. That’s a pretty solid effort