The Cubs hoped to continue their success at Wrigley Field Friday night as they returned from New York victors in the last of a four-game set. Chicago started with a big blow, but it was the Marlins who had the bigger shots in a lopsided win.
Joc Pederson hit a solo homer off of starter Cody Poteet in the 1st and Zach Davies breezed through the first couple of innings before hitting a major jam in the 3rd. After a pair of walks forced in a run, Davies gave up a grand slam to Adam Duvall.
Pedersonhit his second homer in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 5-2. That was as close as things got, however, with Poteet on his game.
Why the Cubs Lost
You are not going to win many games you allow 10 runs.
Davies seemed to struggle after taking a Jorge Alfaro liner off the leg to open the 3rd. It’s hard to say if that led to the five-run frame.
Stats That Matter
- Homers killed Davies: 6 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 3 K, and 2 BB.
- The Cubs had two hits other than Pederson’s blasts.
The Cubs offense is back in the slump it was mired in early in the season. Hopefully, someone else can get hot and carry the lineup.