Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (5/6/19): Cubs 5, Marlins 6 – Miami Wins Series Opener Late

The Cubs welcomed the Miami Marlins to Wrigley Field for their series opener on a chilly Monday evening. Chicago started off strong again in the 1st inning, with a leadoff single courtesy of Ben Zobrist. Following close behind Anthony Rizzo hit a home run, his 200th career homer, giving the Cubs the early lead. Javier Baez doubled and Willson Contreras was able to bring him home on a deep single, expanding the lead to 3-0.

The Marlins answered in the 3rd with a sharp line drive double by Brian Anderson, bringing home Miguel Rojas. And Miami wasn’t done. Starlin Castro was able bring Anderson home on a sacrifice fly, closing the Cubs lead to just one. Jon Berti served up the equalizer with a solo homer to center field in the 4th. A Kyle Schwarber single with the bases loaded in the 6th broke the tie and gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

Miami came from behind in the 9th after Pedro Strop entered and surrendered three walks and a single. Kyle Ryan then came on to get three outs but allowed a runner to score on a mix up that led to an inning ending double play. Kris Bryant blasted a homer in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough and the Marlins clinched their tenth win of the season. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Lost

It was a group effort and a group loss. The Cubs’ bats were making contact and getting baserunners through solid hitting and multiple walks, but the Marlins turned four double plays to limit the damage. Strop didn’t help the cause either, when he was unable to record a single out after facing four batters.

Key Moment

The 9th inning meltdown by Pedro Strop cost the Cubs the win. It’s hard to watch a closer go out there and miss the zone with nearly every pitch to multiple batters.

Stats That Matter

  • Hamels was good enough: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 7 K, 2 BB
  • Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, marking his 200th career home run
  • Bryant went 1-for-4 with a solo bomb
  • Schwarber looked more comfortable tonight, going 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Bottom Line

Miami was able to capitalize on a less-than-perfect pitching performance by the Cubs staff. Adding in four double plays made this a tough game to win. None-the-less, it’s one the Cubs could have, and arguably should have, won.

On Deck

The Cubs take on the Marlins again tomorrow at Wrigley for the second game of the four game series. Jon Lester (2-1, 1.73 ERA) will take the mound opposite Miami’s Caleb Smith (3-0) with the first pitch set to be thrown at 7:05 PM CT. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago and heard on 670 The Score.

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Sam Watkins

Sam Watkins lives in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up regularly attending Iowa Cubs games. She is all too familiar with the bittersweet feeling of watching a AAA star get whisked up to the major league. Her favorite pastimes include reading, running, and watching the San Diego Chicken wreak havoc.

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4 Comments

  1. So much for the not falling for the trap series playing Miami after sweeping the Cardinals and before the Brewers, and now we get their best SP.

    At what point is it cool to start to worry about the OF? Heyward got that gift triple on Dex’s bad dive but he’s regressing quick now under .300 not doing that much in the last few weeks.

    I love Pedro, but that was his 2nd BS in the last 4 attempts. He’s had 23 save chances the last two years and blown 6 of them. If Kimbrel is there after the draft and they pass on him or let a rival get him they don’t really give a damn about winning.

    1. We had some absolute shit luck that game. Cole deflects that ball up the middle off his arm when it was going to a defender, he scores and the other run comes on a SF which would been the 3rd out had the ball missed Hamels. We hit 3 rockets for GIDP for outs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th after they walked the leadoff man.

      Get the lead back in the 6th and have bases loaded and not outs and Almora hits a ball off the pitcher and goes to a place he can get it and get the force at the plate, then Zo hits into 4th DP in as many innings. If the ball goes anyplace else its either a run and 2nd and 3rd or bases loaded and not outs. If they have to bring the infield in than that ball from Zo is a 2 run single.

      Willy smashes that ball in the 7th and the wind turns a barrel into a out. Strop looked like crap and then Ryan doesn’t get the runner out on the come backer and that turns out to be the difference after the KB homer. Then to add salt into the wounds the ump calls that ball a strike on Willy to set up Romo’s best pitch even better.

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