MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 7, Chicago Cubs 9

Jonathan Daniel

The Miami Marlins scored plenty of runs in support of the debuting Brian Flynn, but the bullpen disappointed against the Chicago Cubs en route to a 9-7 loss.


Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 20,696
Hero of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (0.400 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Ryan Webb (-0.323 WPA)
Play of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria homered in the sixth inning. Giancarlo Stanton. Justin Ruggiano, and Logan Morrison scored. (+0.365 WPA)

The Miami Marlins picked up plenty of offense this time around in support of the debut of Brian Flynn, but Miami's offense was overmatched by a poor performance by both Flynn and the Fish's pen. A.J. Ramos, Ryan Webb, and Arquimedes Caminero failed to contribute and blew the team's lead en route to a comeback loss for the Fish.

The Marlins took an early lead thanks to a two-run home run by Logan Morrison, but that was quickly erased by a struggling performance by Brian Flynn. Flynn struck out just two batters and walked three while giving up two solo home runs. In the third inning, he gave up long balls to Starlin Castro to lead things off and the immortal Dioner Navarro to erase the lead.

Flynn ran into trouble again as he entered the fifth inning, as he gave up a leadoff double to Darnell McDonald and walked Anthony Rizzo to get him in immediate trouble. The Marlins brought in Chris Hatcher at that point, cutting Flynn's debut short at just four innings. Hatcher cleaned up the inning and the game at least remained a 3-2 Cubs lead.

The Marlins broke it open in the sixth with two singles and a walk leading to a bases-loaded situation for Adeiny Hechavarria. He took advantage by sending a fly ball just over the ivy in center field, yielding his second grand slam of the season. The two teams traded runs in the following frames, giving the Fish a 7-4 lead.

The Cubs then came back with four runs of their own in the seventh inning, three of which came off of A.J. Ramos. Ramos entered the inning and immediately walked two men, advanced one on a wild pitch, and allowed a single to drive home the first run. Ryan Webb entered and fared no better, giving up a three-run shot to Donnie Murphy (aka Donnie Freakin' Murphy) to allow the Cubs to retake the lead just barely.

Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth and the Marlins failed to threaten after that. Despite 11 hits on both sides and two home runs, the Fish fell just short of the sweep.

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