On a sparkling Friday afternoon in the renovated but still cathedral-like Wrigley Field, Bour, picking up the power slack from sidelined slugger Giancarlo Stanton, homered in his fourth straight game to lift the suddenly resurgent Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. In theory that should be adding pressure to the starting pitchers, who have needed to be close to flawless to win. Asked about that Friday, he referenced a quote attributed to Winston Churchill. But Miami went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and came up short after winning four straight. It’s the ebb and flow of the season. “I got nothing but positive things to say about the Cubs and their organization.”. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late.
“If you’re going through a tough time offensively you just… what was Winston Churchill … I’ve always liked that line, so just keep on going”.
The Cubs are now 30-42-6 over/under this season, which has them ranked as the seventh best under team in baseball.
Tom Koehler and three relievers combined to hold the Cubs to six hits, as the offense reverted to the form it was showing before Thursday’s six-run showing in New York.
Marlins: RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3) will make his first start after missing a month with vertigo against the Cubs and LHP Clayton Richard (0-0), who was acquired in a trade Friday from the Pittsburgh Pirates and hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2013 with San Diego.
“It’s not my job to hit”. I understand Maddon’s desire to give guys days off, but at this point perhaps it’s got to be “all hands on deck”. It is what it is. He has an outstanding 1.05 WHIP and gives up a decent 1.4 home runs per nine innings, which would be a huge upgrade for the Tigers.
“It feels good to win – there’s no real difference (from) playing against any other team”, said Bour, who was picked up by the Marlins for $12,500 as a Rule 5 selection in 2013. “” “A rabid Cubs fan threw the ball back but Hammel couldn”t do the same as Bour “ who also reached on a rare infield hit “ is 7 of his last 17, including four homers, a double and eight RBIs.
The Cubs replied and tied in the bottom of the inning as catcher Miguel Montero’s single to right drove in third baseman Kris Bryant.
After that, Hammel and Koehler traded scoreless innings until the sixth.
Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs in batting average (.297), doubles (24), home runs (15), runs batted in (45) and stolen bases (12). But Wood struck out Realmuto to end the inning. Marlins RHP A.J. Ramos has converted 13-of-14 save opportunities since moving into a closer role on May 13. The pre-game celebration will have an oversized American flag displayed on the field with 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military “Take the Field” experience and decorative bunting around Wrigley Field.
“It’s the ebb and flow of the season”, Maddon said. At the end of the day I need to be myself and just go out there and pitch my game.