National League Game Summary - Chicago at Miami|
(Thursday, April 25th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Miami 3
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Luis Valbuena hit the go-ahead home run in
the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Miami Marlins, 4-3, on
With two outs in the inning, Valbuena took the first pitch off the Marlins'
Steve Cishek (1-3) and smashed it into right to break the 3-3 tie.
"He's been consistent. His at-bats, and his defense, he's just been good. He
has four home runs, he's done a great job," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Nate Schierholtz knocked a solo homer while Starlin Castro and
Welington Castillo each had an RBI for the Cubs, who came into the game
1-5 in the midst of a 10-game road trip.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in
six innings in a no-decision. Shawn Camp (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth to
pick up the win and Carlos Marmol escaped trouble in the ninth to notch his
Juan Pierre had an RBI and two stolen bases for the Marlins, who have the
worst record in the league. Giancarlo Stanton and Rob Brantly also drove in a
run apiece in defeat, their sixth in eight games. Starter Kevin Slowey gave
up three runs on five hits over six innings.
"I felt good and I think as a starting pitcher all you can ask is to have the
faith of your manager and the faith of your pitching coach. I think they had
faith in me," Slowey said.
David DeJesus doubled to start the game and Castro drove him home with a
In the bottom of the inning, Placido Polanco drew a walk while Stanton and Joe
Mahoney hit singles to load the bases. After Justin Ruggiano struck out,
Brantly drew a walk, bringing Polanco home and tying the game, 1-1.
A single by Pierre in the second scored Donovan Solano, who singled to start
the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Slowey. Pierre then
stole second and third base before Polanco drew a walk. Stanton grounded into
a force out, allowing Pierre to score for a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth, Castillo knocked a double that scored Schierholtz, who also
doubled with one out in the inning.
Schierholtz's home run with one out in the sixth tied the game at 3-3.
Marmol came to pitch for the Cubs in the ninth. He initially had trouble,
walking Solano and allowing a single by Austin Kearns. Pierre was next and he
bunted, advancing Solano and Kearns. However, Marmol got Polanco to fly out to
center and Stanton struck out to end the game.
The Cubs have seen 18 of their first 21 games decided by three runs or less
for the first time since 1950. They are 6-12 in those games ... Castro has
appeared in 216 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the
majors, behind only Prince Fielder's 364 ... The Marlins were 2-for-11 with
runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
04/26 03:06:14 ET