Marlins 6, Cubs 0
MIAMI (AP)—Dusty Baker was in no mood to talk to his players after the Chicago Cubs dropped below .500 for the first time this season.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m not crazy about it at all,” Baker said of his Cubs team, which dropped to 47-48 with a 6-0 loss to the Florida Marlins on Friday night. He hadn’t addressed his players because he’d prefer to calm down first.
“I don’t like to talk when I’m upset,” Baker said.
Marlins starter Mark Redman allowed four hits in seven innings and combined with two relievers for the Marlins’ sixth shutout.
Redman (8-4) struck out nine and walked none, and cruised through the first three innings—striking out five of the nine batters.
“He had us swinging at a bunch of balls. You don’t get hits when you swing at balls,” Baker said. “You put the ball in play, you have a chance for something. You strike out you got a chance for nothing.”
At least one Cubs player seemed to share Baker’s sentiment.
“That wasn’t real good tonight,” said a subdued Eric Karros, who had two of the Cubs five hits.
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said Urbina and Looper pitching the last few innings is “something you’re going to see a lot of.”
Matt Clement (7-8) struggled with his control throughout, hitting three batters and throwing a wild pitch, but he didn’t issue a walk over six innings. He gave up three runs on six hits.
“I throw inside, that’s the way I pitch,” Clement said. “I’m not trying to hit people. It made me throw some extra pitches and put me in some jams I didn’t want to be in.
The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on Todd Hollandsworth’s two-run double.
With no outs, Juan Encarnacion hit a potential double-play grounder up the middle, but second baseman Mark Grudzielanek lunged to stop the ball to the left side of the base and couldn’t step on the bag to force out Rodriguez. His throw to first base was not in time to beat Encarnacion.
Clement then hit Lee in the elbow to load the bases with no outs, and Hollandsworth followed with his bloop double to the left-field corner.
“The fourth inning especially took a lot out of me, trying to minimize the damage,” Clement said. “Hollandsworth getting a double, I would rather he hit a gapper on the line than something like that. Still with two runs in, you still have to work hard and try to keep the team in the game. I guess I did that, but the couple of runs I gave up there were enough to lose the game.”
The Marlins added another run in the fifth on Encarnacion’s two-out RBI single.
Florida scored three times against Kyle Farnsworth in the seventh to make it 6-0.
Pierre hit a leadoff single, stole his major league-leading 45th base, and advanced to third on and errant throw from catcher Damian Miller. Rodriguez followed with a homer to left field. Lee added a solo homer two batters later.
The Cubs threatened to score in the fourth, when Grudzielanek led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. But he was held up at third on Sammy Sosa’s sharp single to left field. Moises Alou also hit the ball hard to the left side, but Miguel Cabrera scooped it up to start an inning-ending double play.
“Everybody who pitches against us looks like Cy Young, and that’s not thecase,” Baker said.
Clement’s three hit batters brought his season total to 11, tying teammate Kerry Wood for the major league lead. … Before doubling in two runsin the fourth, Hollandsworth had a lifetime .182 average against Clement.