CHICAGO, IL - JULY 14: Jack McKeon #25 manager of the Florida Marlins makes a pitching change against the Florida Marlins on July 14, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins defeated the Cubs 6-3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
The Marlins fresh from the All-Star break were going for their sixth win in-a-row and got it with a lot of help.
The game started out as a pitcher's duel between Anibal Sanchez and Matt Garza and the Cubs struck first. In the second inning Marlon Byrd hit a line drive home run to left center for the first run of the game. And that would be only run until the seventh. Score: Marlins 0, Cubs 1
In the bottom half of the seventh, Anibal walked Carlos Pena to lead off the inning and then with one out Alfonso Soriano singled to put runners on first and second. This would end Anibal's night on the mound and Jack brought in Steve Cishek in hopes he would close out the inning. He did nothing of the kind. After pitching a full game warming up in the bullpen, Cishek was anything but on. The first batter he faced, Geovany Soto, singled to left to load the bases and then he proceeded to hit Darwin Barney with a pitch to give the Cubs their second run making the score 2-0 Cubs.
The Marlins had their chances a few times earlier in the game but could never come through with a hit to drive in a run. So the game went to ninth and with the sixth, seventh and eighth hitters due up, hopes looked bleak. But Carlos Marmol would change all that. To start the top-half of the ninth he walked Mike Stanton, Mike Cameron and John Buck in succession to load the bases with no one out. At this point Jack made some moves, he sent Dewayne Wise in to pinch run for Buck and sent Greg Dobbs to the plate to pinch hit for the pitcher. On the eighth pitch of the at bat Dobbs laced a double to right which scored Stanton and Cameron easily. However, Wise stumbled his way to the plate and was lucky to score thanks to Barney's throwing error on the relay throw to give the Marlins the lead. The Marlins weren't through. Gaby Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Cameron would all drive in runs to make the score 6-2 Marlins.
Leo Nunez came on to close out the game and he did so with a little drama. But by Leo's standards, it wasn't bad. Yeah, he allowed a run to score but once he got into a groove the Marlins were winners of six games in-a-row. Final score: Marlins 6, Cubs 3.