The Miami Marlins were looking to ride the wave of success from their four-game sweep of the home-and-home against the Tampa Bay Rays, and it appeared Nathan Eovaldi was ready to do so. The righty came out firing his usual mid- to high-90's fastball and racked up some strong numbers against the Chicago Cubs. Eovaldi did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning and struck out six batters versus just one walk in the entire game. He went eight innings and looked strong for most of the outing for the Fish.
But a few of the six hits he did allow were scattered at the right times, and often by former Marlins players. Nate Schierholz delivered a single in the fifth inning to break the no-hitter up, then former Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan lined a double down the right field line. The problem was that Giancarlo Stanton was shaded to right-center field and had extra distance to go to cut that ball, leading to extra bases and the first run of the game.
Later on, in the eighth inning, Eovaldi was kept in the game to try and close out the frame. Another former Marlins outfielder, Justin Ruggiano, lined a single that was quickly followed by an Emilio Bonifacio infield single in which Eovaldi appeared to have a play at first. With two outs, Anthony Rizzo lined a base hit that plated two runners and put Miami down three.
The ninth, however, proved fortunate for the Fish. Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones, and Adeiny Hechavarria singled to load the bases with one out. Justin Bour hit a chopper to first that appeared on initial call to pull the covering pitcher, closer Hector Rondon, off the bag. The Fish scored a run but the call was overturned for an out. Reed Johnson then came in for a pinch hit single to drive in the tying runs and take the game to extras.