Stanton Homers But Marlins Fall To Cubs 5-4 In 13 Innings
Stanton Blasts NL-Leading 19th Home Run In Loss
The Marlins got off to an early lead last night but ultimately couldn’t hold off the Cubs as they dropped game one of the series 5-4 in 13 innings.
Tom Koehler got the start in this one and performed well early, but he ran into trouble in the sixth inning as he allowed four runs without recording an out before being pulled.
It was his seventh start at home this season, where he has performed well, but this one reflected his recent trend of struggles at Marlins Park.
To begin the season, in his ﬁrst four starts at Marlins Park, Koehler posted a 3-0 record and 0.64 ERA, but in his last three he has gone 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA.
Though Koehler couldn’t hold it, the Marlins got off to an early 2-0 lead in this one courtesy of Giancarlo Stanton’s NL-leading 19th home run on the season:
The Marlins entered the top of the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, but as we mentioned earlier Koehler ran into some trouble.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out and after Anthony Rizzo grounded out to first to bring one run home, Starlin Castro did the rest with a three-run home run.
The Marlins were able to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an Adeiny Hechavarria sacrifice fly, but the score would remain deadlocked at 4 until the 13th innings.
Neither team could muster a run of the other’s bullpens after the sixth inning, as the two combined to throw 6 scoreless innings before the top half of the 13th inning.
The hero in this one for the Cubs was an unlikely one as well, as it was pitcher Travis Wood who delivered the go-ahead RBI:
With the loss, the Marlins are now 40-40 all-time against the Cubs in Miami, one game back of the Braves for first place, and 1.5 games back of the Dodgers for the second wildcard spot.
The Marlins will look to rebound tonight and get back above .500 lifetime against the Cubs at home as they send Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.56) to the mound to face off against Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.77).
Mike Redmond On Extra-Innings Loss:
Marlins Broadcast Team Remembers Tony Gwynn:
Given the recent news of the unfortunate passing of Tony Gwynn, one of the all-time greats and one of the best players the game of baseball will ever see, the Marlins broadcast team chimed in:
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn.