Isn’t this how baseball works? The Chicago Cubs scored 11 runs in yesterday’s win, only to be shutout tonight in a 2-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.
The Chicago Cubs were coming off their best offensive performance in Miami after scoring 11 runs last night. Tonight they outhit the Marlins six to three but came up on the short end of the score in a 2-0 loss. Cubs’ starter John Lackey made very few mistakes, but it was enough to sit him with the loss.
The Cubs (37-36) did most of their damage with two outs. When they didn’t have two out, they seem to find a way to hit into double plays. The Cubs grounded into three, including the second from Albert Almora to end the game. John Lackey (5-8, 4.74) surrendered a moonshot of a home run to Giancarlo Stanton and then allowed an unearned run in the sixth in taking the loss.
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The Marlins (33-39) managed only three hits, but a superb start from Jose Urena (6-2, 3.33) kept the Cubs in check. Ian Happ managed another two-hit game, but his double in the first was just about the highlight of the night for the Cubs offensively.
Urena walked three and struck out three, but the Cubs couldn’t muster much against him. The Marlins then got three shutout innings from the bullpen, including the save from AJ Ramos to close the game out.