New half, same result. Marmol blows a 2-0 lead in the 9th and Cubs fall 6-3 to the Marlins.
Everything was looking good for the Cubs Thursday night until the 9th inning. Cubs starter Matt Garza threw 7scoreless innings allow just 6hits while striking out 6. Another outstanding outing without a win for Garza. Byrd got the Cubs on the board with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. It was Byrd’s first long ball since returning from the disabled list. The Cubs then added one run in the 7th when Darwin Barney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. But the Cubs failed to add more runs leaving the bases loaded. Soto was the best Cubs hitter on the night going 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles.
After failing to add more runs on in the 7th innings. Cubs reliever Shaun Marshall pitched a strong 1-2-3 8th inning. With a 2run lead going into the 9th inning, everything was going well for the Cubs. Until Carlos Marmol entered the game..
Marmol did not have his stuff from the beginning, walking the first 3 batters. On a 3-2 count, Marlins pinch-hitter, Dobbs, lined a doubled into the right field corner. 2runs scored easily on the play and then Wise scored on a throwing error on Darwin Barney. Adding to the terrible night, Marmol failed to backup the throw on which Wise scored. Marlins then added 3 more runs. Marmol stats for the night were 0IP, 1H, 5ER, and 4BB. It was just a brutal outing for the Cubs questionable closer. In Marmol’s last three appearances, he has recorded just 4outs, giving up 7 earned runs on 3hits and 5walks. His ERA in those three games is a unheard of, 47.30
Cubs added on one run in the bottom of the 9th to make the final 6-3.