Despite collecting season-high 18 hits, Cubs fall to Marlins
|Saturday, August 14, 2021, 12:09 AM- -|
MIAMI — Similar to several of their recent losses, the Chicago Cubs (52-66) gave up a bevy of runs in one inning and paid the price for it on Friday, as the Miami Marlins (49-67) plated 11 runs in the second frame. The Fish overcame an early 4-1 deficit and led by as many as 10 runs at one point. The North scored five runs across the last two innings to make the final score of the four-plus hour affair a much more respectable 14-10, but the Marlins took the opener of the three-game series at LoanDepot Park. Racking up a season-high 18 hits, including four home runs, in the contest, the Cubs wasted a stellar offensive performance in the loss, their ninth straight.
David Bote put the Cubs up 2-0 in the first with a two-run jack off Jesus Luzardo. Matt Duffy opened the game with a leadoff walk and was plated via Bote's bomb. Miguel Rojas hit a leadoff single in the first and reached second on a groundout and third on an Adbert Alzolay balk. Jesus Aguilar scored Rojas on a groundout, but the Cubs quickly got the run back in the second when a leadoff walk drawn by Ian Happ was followed by Johneshwy Fargas smacking an RBI triple off the wall in right. Fargas came home on a Sergio Alcantara sacrifice fly, and Alzolay then swatted a double for his first career extra-base hit. Patrick Wisdom went on to strike out to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Bryan De La Cruz provided the Marlins with a lead that they held onto the rest of the way when he walloped a go-ahead grand slam with no outs in the second, scoring Brian Anderson, Jorge Alfaro and Alex Jackson. The 407-foot shot to left was followed by Alzolay being removed with a left leg injury a few at-bats later. Dan Winkler was roughed up on the mound. Isan Diaz singled off him and stole second not long before Lewis Brinson hit a double that plated Rojas and Diaz. Winkler then plunked Anderson and Alfaro in back-to-back plate appearances, with Alfaro's hit by pitch bringing Aguilar home. A passed ball suffered by Robinson Chirinos enabled Brinson to score, and Jackson then smashed a three-run homer to center. Jackson's 411-foot long ball plated Anderson and Alfaro.
You: "Bryan De La who?"— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 14, 2021
Rex Brothers took the mound soon after Jackson went yard and finished the inning. However, he gave up a two-run shot to Aguilar in the third. Aguilar brought Diaz home with a 419-foot jack to left, placing the Marlins ahead 14-4. Chirinos hit a solo shot to left in the fifth, and Codi Heuer pitched a scoreless fifth, forcing Alfaro to ground into an inning-ending double play. Adam Morgan allowed a pair of batters to reach in the sixth but prevented the Marlins from adding to their lead. Upon leading off the seventh with a double, Chirinos was just a triple shy of the cycle. He advanced to third on a two-out infield single by Alcantara, but Andrew Romine then struck out.
MIGHTY JESÚS. pic.twitter.com/MzKMy1rdlI— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 14, 2021
Robinson Chirinos homers. pic.twitter.com/bHx3CDfj13— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) August 14, 2021
After his gray glove caused a commotion involving the umpires, who seemed to think that it could be a distraction, Rowan Wick tossed a 1-2-3 seventh. Shawn Morimando gave up a leadoff single to Duffy in the eighth, and Frank Schwindel then crushed a 440-foot bomb out to straightaway center. Chirinos hit a double to the right field corner with two outs. He considered trying for three but held up at second. Although he was unable to hit for the cycle, Chirinos experienced a highly productive 4-for-6 night at the plate. David Hess took the mound thereafter, and Happ hammered a 439-foot jack off him, scoring Chirinos. Fargas and Alcantara then singled in consecutive at-bats, but Romine once again struck out to end the inning.
Frank Schwindel - Chicago Cubs (4) pic.twitter.com/pqXpmSacMI— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 14, 2021
Ian Happ - Chicago Cubs (12) pic.twitter.com/voj9qsZcQY— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 14, 2021
Manuel Rodriguez retired the side in order in the eighth, and Anthony Bender struck out the side in the ninth but not in order. Following a Duffy strikeout, Schwindel doubled and then scored on an infield single by Rafael Ortega. In a pinch-hitting appearance, Ortega swatted a burner that Aguilar was unable to handle at first. Ortega was credited with a hit, though, the Cubs' 18th of the game. Bender struck out Wisdom and Chirinos in the next two plate appearances, putting a bow on the Marlins' action-packed 14-10 victory, which featured 30 combined hits and seven combined home runs and served as the longest nine-inning tilt in Marlins history.