The Florida Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-2 in 10 innings to open up a 4-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday night. The Cubs managed only 5 hits on the night – solo back-to-back home runs by Milton Bradley and Mike Fontenot in the 5th inning, 2 hits by Ryan Theriot and a pinch-hit single by pitcher Carlos Zambrano with 2 outs in the 8th inning. Can you say pathetic?
Granted, the 2 runs should have been enough to get the Cubs and Sean Marshall the much needed win. But Carlos Marmol walked the 1st 2 batters in the 8th inning and then threw away Chad Maybin’s bunt allowing Ross Gload to score the tying run. Marmol miraculously escaped the 2nd and 3rd no out rally to preserve the 2-2 tie, but the Cubs bullpen imploded in the 10th inning. Aaron Heilman gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks to let the game slip away from the Cubs. Heilman did not even record an out.
The Cubs wasted Sean Marshall’s best start of the year – 7 innings, 1 earned run, 6 hits, 2 walks and 6 K’s. He put the Cubs in position to win with the Marmol – Gregg 8th-9th inning combo, but that ended quickly with Marmol’s disastrous outing. Let’s hope the Cubs can turn it around soon. At 10-11, the Cubs fell below the .500 mark for the 1st time all season, and are already 5 games behind the Cardinals who are in Washington DC to take on the lowly Nationals this weekend.