The Fish were at Wrigley Field Monday night to kick off a three-game series with the Cubbies, and to make an attempt at salvaging what has been a lackluster road trip thus far.
Nate Robertson was on the mound for the Fish, and naturally the Cubs scored first, because about ten days ago, the Marlins pitching staff and starting lineup decided that they should do everything within their power to ensure that the Fish are in a hole to start every single game.
Ted Lilly made the start for the Cubs, and was in the mood to flirt with a no-no. He didn't allow a hit to the Fish through five innings. In the top of the sixth, though, Brett Carroll reached on the second error of the night from rookie shortstop Starlin Castro, and Chris Coghlan busted up Lilly's no-hit bid with a double--his very first extra-base hit of the season--to score BC from first.
The sixth inning was not a pretty one for the Marlins. The infield let a pop-up to drop to allow Aramis Ramirez a single, and Alfonso Soriano doubled him in to give the lead back to the Cubs.
Their lead was short-lived however, as Ronny Paulino jacked a two-run homer off of Ted Lilly in the top of the seventh. Cody Ross and Cameron Maybin followed with singles, and with Chris Coghlan batting, Cody scored on a double-steal to put the Marlins up 4-2.
The Fish had a chance to add on in the eighth when Hanley reached on Castro's third error of the game (the kid must have been shadowing the Marlins during fielding practice). With one out, Jorge Cantu singled and Hanley ran through the stop sign at third and was thrown out at home.
After a scoreless eighth inning from Clay Hensley, the Marlins threatened again when they loaded the bases against Carlos Marmol. They left them loaded, though, as Bryan Petersen struck out to end the inning.
They wouldn't need any more runs, because Leo Nunez saved the game with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Marlins won the series opener in Chi-Town.
Losing streak over.