Everything seemed to be going well for the Miami Marlins (44-48) after they split the series against the first place Washington Nationals.
However, after taking game one against the Chicago Cubs (38-53) at Wrigley Field, the Marlins imploded to lose the series and fell 6.5 games back in the NL wildcard hunt and ten games back in the division.
Early in the Tuesday night, rain shortened game, The Marlins seemed to be on a row. Shortstop Jose Reyes hit a solo homer in the third inning. Coming off a two game winning streak, it appeared that they rolling to a series win as starting pitcher Josh Johnson was rolling through the Cubs lineup. However, in the fourth inning, Johnson gave up his first run on a solo homer by Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.
The Marlins would end up loosing the game 5-1, but that was not because the offense was inept. They had plenty of men on base, it was just the timely hits were not going through. In total, nine base runners were left on base throughout the night. In opposition, the Cubs only had two runners on base through the first six innings. But in the seventh, they blew the door wide open and scored four runs.
When the rain started beating down on the 99 year old stadium, the game was in hand.
Wednesday afternoon’s game had a similar feel. The Marlins could only score one run at a time, while the Cubs were able to score in bunches. The Cubs scored four runs in the fifth inning. All the runs came off Mark Buehrle (9-9), who has been just about average throughout the season.
He did well up until the fifth, but the four runs scored in the game was enough to give the Cubs a 4-2 win.
For the Cubs, the beat rolls on. Any team that thinks they are going to pick up an easy wins when playing the Cubbies are wrong. They have won five out of their last six and 14-5 in their last 19 games. Chicago is in rebuilding mode, and they have no shot at the playoffs this year, but if they continue to ride this wave of momentum it will do wonders to get the fans back on their side.
The Marlins are right dab in the middle of a tough situation. The trade deadline is right around the corner. They will have to decided whether to be buyers or sellers. Everyone knows that the front office wants to buy, they want this season to be a huge success, however they can not keep pouring water on a grease fire. Either the Marlins start winning in bunches, or a few pieces will be shipped elsewhere and they can try again next season.
I’m sure the players and coaches want to win now.