June 18: Cubs (30-40) 6, Marlins (36-35) 1
The Chicago Cubs backed up Jake Arrieta’s dazzling seven-inning, 11-strikeout performance with late run support to help the righty take down the Miami Marlins 6-1 on the road. Nate Schierholtz’s three-run blast highlighted the Cubs’ four-run sixth.
The Cubs got the ball rolling in the first when Starlin Castro doubled home Chris Coghlan on a sharp ground ball to left field with two away in the frame.
Miami didn’t stay away for long as Giancarlo’s 20th home run of the season tied the game at one apiece in the bottom half of the first inning.
The Marlins had the opportunity early to take a lead in the bottom of the second when they got runners at the corners with just one out, but Jeff Mathis and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi struck out swinging to end the threat for Arrieta and the Cubs.
Chicago missed an opportunity of its own when the team failed to bring home Anthony Rizzo after a lead-off double in the top of the fourth.
The Cubs didn’t miss their chance in the sixth, however. Castro added to his RBI total of the game when he sent home Rizzo on his second run-scoring double of the game for the go-ahead run. Two batters later, Schierholtz highlighted the inning and game when he belted his third home run of the season – a three-run shot to right.
Chicago eventually added some insurance in the eighth with a single run off the bat of Darwin Barney. Barney sent a run-scoring single to short for the sixth and final run of the game for the Cubs.
Reliever James Russell came in in the ninth to collect the final three outs. He did just that as he set down Garrett Jones, Marcell Ozuna and Jake Marisnick in order to secure the 6-1 win for Chicago.
Arrieta earned his third win of the year, going seven and walking only one. He allowed just the one run and lowered his ERA to a minuscule 1.98.
On the other side, Eovaldi got the loss after surrendering five runs on nine hits in six frames on the hill.