Marlins Drop Matinee To Cubs 6-1

Stanton Homers For Marlins’ Lone Run On Afternoon

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The Marlins dropped the final game of the three game set against the Cubs at Marlins park this afternoon by a score of 6-1.

Nate Eovaldi got the start, but continued down his recent slide as he allowed 5 earned runs over 5 innings on 9 hits and just 2 strikeouts.

Over his last two starts at Marlins Park, Eovaldi is 0-1 with 11 earned runs given up in just 10 2/3 innings.

His wife could go into labor any day though, so maybe his head isn’t in the right place right now. Hopefully we’ll see the Eovaldi from earlier this season the next time he takes the mound in Philly.

The Marlins scored just one run in this one, but it came early in the form of another long home run by Giancarlo Stanton, his NL-leading 20th on the season:

Stanton did have to leave this game early though, as he suffered what is being called a wrist contusion. He expects to be back in the lineup Thursday but we’ll await further updates from the Marlins.

The Marlins ran into Jake Arrieta in this one though, and he continued his dominance to start the season as he threw 7 innings making just the one mistake to Stanton. He also struck out a career-high 11 batters, gave up 5 hits and walked one.

The Cubs scored single runs in the 1st and 8th innings, but the top of the sixth is what opened the game up.

The game was tied 1-1 but Starlin Castro doubled in Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz homered to right to bring in Castro and Ryan Sweeney to break the game open for the Cubs with a 5-1 lead.

With the loss, the Marlins are now a full game back of the Nationals for first place and two games back of the Dodgers for the second wildcard spot.

Andrew Heaney’s Major League Debut:

Tomorrow the Marlins welcome Zach Wheeler and the New York Mets into town as left-hander Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.00) makes his long-awaited Major League debut.

Heaney was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday after Randy Wolf was designated for assignment.

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.