The series finale between the Cubs and Marlins has John Lackey looking for just his ninth win of the season. He is looking to start this month off on a positive note as he takes on Tom Koehler who also seeks his ninth win of the season.
Lackey starts off the game giving a leadoff single to Dee Gordon who snags his eighth stolen base of the year and then scores on Chritian Yelich’s double to left field. Through the next six innings, Lackey only allows three singles and is looking very sharp. He starts the seventh inning off with a strikeout for the first out but hits Derek Dietrich who takes first base. Jeff Mathis would step into the box and takes a two-seam fastball and launches to left center field for a home run giving the Marlins the lead. Lackey does allow another hit but gets out of the inning. Through seven innings, Lackey gives up seven hits, no walks and strikes out eight but does give up three earned runs.
Tom Koehler through five innings would only allow one walk and three hits with no runners scoring. it wouldn’t be until the sixth inning that he gives up a single to Anthony Rizzo to right. Rizzo advances to second on Koehler’s wild pitch and then to third on a ground out by Ben Zobrist. Wilson Contreras drives in Rizzo with a ground ball to center field.
Kyle Barraclough enters in the bottom of the seventh for a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Smith makes his debut for the Cubs in the top of the eighth getting the first out but gives up a solo home run to Christian Yelich putting the Marlins up 4-1. Smith gets the second out but gives up back to back singles prompting Joel Maddon to bring in Carl Edwards Jr. to end the inning. For the bottom half former Cub, Fernando Rodney steps to the mound giving up back to back singles to Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant. With Fowler on third and Rizzo at the plate, Rodney throws a wild pitch allowing Fowler to score the Cubs second run of the game. Rizzo would walk and Zo would advance both runners with a sac bunt. Wilson strikes out and with two outs and two men on, Jason Heyward grounds out to shortstop to end the inning.
Justin Grimm enters the game in the top of the ninth. He gets the first two outs but gives up an infield groundball hit to Dee Gordon who is 3 – 3 on the day all infield hits. He then walks Martin Prado with two outs. With Christian Yelich at the plate both runners advance on a wild pitch by Grimm but he gets Yelich to go down swinging.
A.J. Ramos takes over for the Marlins in the top of the ninth giving up a lead off double to Miguel Montero who is pushed over to third as Javier Baez singles to left. Ramos then loads the bases walking Matt Szczur. Dexter Fowler sends a fly ball to Stanton for an out but advances all three batters to put the Cubs down by one. One out, Kris Bryant at the plate gets called out on strikes. What could be the last chance for the Cubs, Rizzo steps in the box to receive the intentional walk to load the bases for Ben Zobrist who takes five pitches to draw the walk to tie the game at four for Wilson Contreras who takes the first pitch for a strike. The 0 and 1 is wild, Szczur scores, Cubs Win! CUBS WIN!
Go Cubs Go!
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