Well, it doesn’t get much easier from here…let’s go then…
Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins, Marlins Park
Cubs 5, Marlins 1
W: Hammel (4-2) L: Urena (0-2)
Jason Hammel helped the Cubs earn a victory with a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings Monday night. He allowed one run, five hits and no walks. Marlins rookie Jose Urena, made his second MLB start and gave up two runs right out of the gate when the Cubs first three batters reached. Rizzo doubled home a run, and another scored on Jorge Soler‘s groundout. Urena did settle down, and made it through six innings, giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Starlin Castro hit his fourth homer, and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had an RBI double. Addison Russell‘s two-out RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0. The Marlins’ lone run came courtesy of errors by the Cubs. Giancarlo Stanton singled, then took second on a wild pitch, stole third and continued home when Cubs’ catcher Miguel Montero‘s errant throw sailed into left field. The Marlins struck out 13 times and were held to six hits in the game.
Cubs 2, Marlins 5
W: Hand (1-1) L: Hendricks (1-2) SV: Ramos (5)
Miami Marlins left-hander Brad Hand made the right pitches when he needed to and helped his team even the series. Hand pitched six innings and limited the Cubs to two runs on six hits. The left-hander also helped his own cause with a single and scoring a run. Giancarlo Stanton helped Hand by hitting a solo homer, his 16th, and making a pivotal play in right field in the ninth. The Cubs led 2-1 in the top of the third with back-to-back doubles by Rizzo and Lake but unfortunately that would be all that they would score. Kyle Hendricks didn’t pitch too badly for the Cubs; he gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings and struck out seven. Hendricks had the lead until the bottom of the fifth but Hand’s hit helped the Marlins load the bases with none out, and Hendricks nearly escaped, striking out Stanton and retiring Justin Bour on a popup but Ozuna lined the first pitch for a bases-clearing double and a 4-2 lead. In the ninth inning, the Cubs threatened. With one out and runners on first and second, Chris Coghlan singled to right and Addison Russell, who was on first, made a wide turn around second, but Starlin Castro was held at third. Russell said he tried to brake and reverse direction when he saw the third base coach’s stop sign, but it was too late. Stanton threw to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who tagged Russell out. Miguel Montero then struck out to end the game and give Ramos his fifth save.
Cubs 3, Marlins 7
W: Haren (6-2) L: Lester (4-4)
I love Jose Fernandez but last night I didn’t have much love for him. In case you missed it, there was a bench clearing confrontation led by none other than the injured Miami Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez, yeah, not a very brilliant move by him. It all started when Junior Lake homered in the sixth inning. After he homered, he flipped his bat and slowly rounded the bases. As he started toward first base, pitcher Dan Haren glared at him from the mound. Lake then put his index finger to his lips as if gesturing for silence while he looked at the Marlins dugout. Several Miami players along the railing screamed at Lake in response and then ran onto the field, with Fernandez leading the way.
Fernandez had this to say after the game:
”I probably shouldn’t have gone out there on the field, but emotions took over,” Fernandez said. ”We’re not trying to fight. We’re not boxing or UFC. I got caught in the moment.”
Maddon also talked to Lake, who apologized for the incident and had this to say:
”I knew after I crossed first that I didn’t do it right,” Lake said through a translator. ”But after that, I heard them chirping from the other dugout, and that’s when I lost control a little bit. I wanted to actually apologize, but they kept screaming at me and I’m a man, too.”
First of all, I don’t think what Lake did was right but for Jose Fernandez to come out and get upset at Lake for showboating is really not something he’s entitled to do, we all remember what you did last year, buddy. And also, I really don’t know where to draw the line because after a player homers of course they’re feeling good and proud of what they did so it’s their right in a way. I’m honestly tired of all the unwritten baseball rules and players getting offended over every little thing. In the end, it was a whole lot of nothing, just grown men letting their ego get in the way. I just wish they would remember that this is a game, a game they get paid to play, just go out there and have fun, stop with all this nonsense.
Anyway, Miami ended up winning the game with the help of Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker, who hit back-to-back homers for the second time in five days. Dan Haren took the shutout into the sixth. He allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Lester turned in his worst outing of the year, allowing six runs in five innings, including four in the second. With the win, the Marlins earned their second series victory of the season.
Next up for the Cubs:
The Cubs will start a four-game series when they visit the Washington Nationals Thursday night. Both teams will look to get back on the winning track; the Cubs lost the series to the Marlins and the Nationals fell 8-0 to Toronto on Wednesday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals, Nationals Park
Thursday, June 4, 6:05 PM CDT
Jake Arrieta, RHP vs. Gio González, LHP
Saturday, June 6, 11:05 PM CDT
Jason Hammel, RHP vs. TBA
Sunday, June 7, 3:05 PM CDT
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. TBA
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!