Jones Late-Inning Blast Lifts Marlins Over Cubs
Garrett Jones Hits Go-Ahead 3-Run HR In Win Over Cubs
The Marlins took the second game of this three game set against the Cubs last night with a 6-5 victory.
The story was once again a late-inning rally by the Marlins offense against the opposition's bullpen, but let's start from the beginning.
Anthony DeSclafani got the start, just the third in his brief Major League career, but ran into trouble in the second inning, allowing a two-run home run and two singles en route to allowing three runs.
Overall, DeSclafani pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.
The Marlins had to face Jeff Samardzija, though, and though he allowed three runs over his six frames he was still in line to get the win after the Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top half of the seventh inning.
However, just as the story was over the weekend the Cubs bullpen struggled to hold the Marlins off.
Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning, Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a fielder's choice, and Casey McGehee reached via base on balls to represent the go-ahead run at first base.
Garrett Jones didn't settle for a game-tying single though. No, he wanted to make sure the Marlins had some breathing room heading into the eighth inning.
And he delivered, driving in both Hechavarria and McGehee on a three-run home run off the top of the wall in right field.
You can view Jones' clutch homer here.
The Cubs, however, did manage to score a run off of Steve Chisek in the ninth because of a passed ball by Jeff Mathis that move Sweeney up to third with nobody out after he doubled to lead off the inning.
Chisek then struck out Luis Valbuena, and though former Marlin Justin Ruggiano managed to hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one, he came back to strike out Anthony Rizzo to end the game and collect his 16th save of the season.
The series finale is set for 12:40 PM ET this afternoon, and the Marlins look to take the series behind Nate Eovaldi (4-2, 3.50) as they square off against Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.09) who has pitched well to start the season.
Arrieta's numbers may look imposing (not to say they aren't, because they are) but he has been a lot more manageable on the road. He owns a 0.56 ERA in three starts at home but a 3.00 ERA in 5 starts on the road.