June 16: Cubs (29-39) 5, Marlins (35-34) 4 – F/13
The Chicago Cubs came back from a three-run deficit with four runs in the sixth and eventually went on to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 with a run in the 13th inning. Pitcher Travis Wood delivered a pinch-hit RBI double in extras for the game-winner.
The Marlins were off to the races with two runs in the first inning. Power-hitting Giancarlo Stanton belted his 19th home run of the season on a line drive to right field. Facing starter Jason Hammel, Stanton connected on a 1-1 slider to give the Fish a 2-0 cushion.
Two innings later the Marlins extended their lead to three when Casey McGehee singled home Stanton on a sharp ground ball to left with two away in the inning.
Miami starter Tom Koehler was dealing through the first few innings until he was hit hard in his sixth and final frame. Anthony Rizzo knocked in the first run for the Cubs when he grounded out to first base with the bases loaded and one out. Three pitches later, Starlin Castro did the real damage. He belted his 10th home run of the season on a line drive to left-center to bring in three runs and take a narrow 4-3 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Marlins to get right back into things. Marcell Ozun led off the sixth with a triple, and was brought home to tie the game on the next pitch when Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Marlins had a huge opportunity in the bottom of the seventh to take a lead, but failed to plate across any runs. They got the bases loaded with one before grounding into a force out at home and striking out to end the frame.
Miami again got two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the 11th but were unable to bring home the winning run.
The game stayed tied until Wood’s pinch-hit heroics in the 13th. With Junior Lake on first with just one out, Wood sent a sharp ground ball to left for a run-scoring double.
Reliever James Russell came in to pitch the 13th and got the 1-2-3 inning for his first save of the season.
Both teams pieced together their bullpens with eight total pitchers used on each side in the game.