Mat Latos was masterful Sunday afternoon. Latos pitched seven innings of one-hit ball only to be tagged with his sixth loss of the season after the Marlins provided no run-support for the veteran pitcher.
His opposite number, Kyle Hendricks, allowed five hits in 7.1 innings before turning it over to Pedro Strop and Jason Motte, who both kept the Marlins off the base paths for the rest of the game. Carter Capps was the only pitcher, besides Latos, to appear for the Marlins this afternoon.
The story of the Cubs' offense is really no story at all: three hits, one of them an RBI Single by former Marlin Chris Coghlan, who also scored the game's only other run on a wild pitch by Latos. The Marlins' offense scattered five hits en route to being shutout, one coming from pitcher Mat Latos.
But this game's true story lies within Latos' performance. With the Marlins looking to be potential sellers at this months' trade deadline, Latos is a name being thrown around quite a bit, and a performance like today's' will only help increase his value on the open trade-market.
The Marlins drop their second straight to the Cubs, losing the series and falling to 35-48 on the season. The Cubs take the W and continue their respectable 44-36 season. The Marlins are back in action Tuesday, with some interleague action from Fenway Park as the Marlins take on David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox.