Pesky Marlins stymie Cubs in second-straight win
Speed, Adam Duvall and Pablo López.
That’s the recipe the Marlins used Saturday afternoon en route to a 11-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Miami showed its speed (swiping 5 bags in the win), Duvall had another 2-home-run game and López twirled a 1-hit gem, striking out 7 over 7 innings of work as the Marlins won their second straight game over the Cubs.
“I don’t know what else to do with that one besides flush it and move on as quickly as possible,” Ross said. “We didn’t play well in any facet of the game.”
The Marlins showed off their aggressiveness on the basepaths early on in the game, as Jazz Chisholm singled and swiped second. The next batter, Starling Marte, reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Two batters later, Duvall hit his first home run, a 2-run shot that staked Jake Arrieta and the Cubs to a 3-0 deficit it could not overcome.
Miami had 4 stolen bases off Arrieta, who pitched just 3 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits. José Lobatón started the game at catcher for the Cubs, who gave Willson Contreras a day off after the quick turnaround from a rare, Friday night game at home.
Duvall hit his second home run of the day in the 3rd inning with a 2-run shot that gave the Marlins a 6-0 lead.
That was more than enough cushion for López, who rolled throughout the day.
He permitted just 2 baserunners — an Eric Sogard single in the 2nd and an Arrieta hit by pitch in the 3rd — as he stymied the Cubs’ hitters all afternoon.
The Cubs will turn to Alec Mills as they look to avoid the sweep. The Cubs have never been swept in a series of 3 games or more under David Ross.
- David Ross confirmed that Adbert Alzolay will start Monday’s opener against Cleveland. Alzolay has been on the injured list with a right middle finger blister.