The Miami Marlins took another loss in the chin in this afternoon's contest versus the Chicago Cubs, dropping the series finale in an ugly fashion by losing 6-1. The team sent out Nathan Eovaldi to try and stem any bad performance from the club, but both he and the team's offense disappointed the surprisingly populated Marlins Park crowd this afternoon.
Eovaldi started off by giving up his first run of the day in the first inning, but was able to keep it close for most of his start. Giancarlo Stanton tied the game with his National League-leading 20th home run of the season, and the score remained tied at one a piece until the sixth. Prior to that, Eovaldi had settled into a relative groove, having retired all but two batters between the second and fifth innings. But in the sixth, Anthony Rizzo got aboard with a single and was driven in by Starlin Castro's second RBI double of the game. After a Ryan Sweeney single, Nate Schierholz blew the game wide open with a three-run home run to put the Cubs well ahead.
The Marlins failed to take advantage of any opportunities against starter Jake Arrieta, who dominated them through seven innings. Arrieta whiffed 11 Marlins in that time span. Arrieta allowed a baserunner in six of his seven innings on the mound, but Miami scattered their five hits against him and only once got a second baserunner in an inning throughout the game.
The Fish begin a four-game series against the New York Mets tomorrow night.
Hero of the Game: No one
Goat of the Game: Nathan Eovaldi (-0.304 WPA)
Play of the Game: Starlin Castro doubled in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo scored. (-0.206 WPA)