Volquez stays unbeaten vs. Cubs in Marlins' 4-2 win
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[June 26, 2017]
MIAMI -- Addison Russell felt "a
sharp, pinching pain" in his right shoulder, and Chicago Cubs fans
may be feeling it, too.
Edinson Volquez continued his perfect record against the Cubs,
defeating the defending World Series champions 4-2 on Sunday
afternoon at Marlins Park.
But Russell's injury overshadowed the Marlins' win to some extent.
After all, Russell was the starting shortstop in last year's
All-Star Game. He also hit 21 homers and drove in 95 runs at age 22,
helping the Cubs end their 108-year championship drought.
Russell said he would take a day or two to get treatment but did not
know if he would get tested.
"There's a difference between when you are trying to work through
something and when you are working against something," said Russell,
who missed three games in mid-May due to the same issue.
"I don't think there is anything wrong. ... It's definitely
The Cubs have certainly been frustrated by Volquez, who is 8-0 with
a 3.12 ERA against Chicago in 13 career appearances.
Volquez (4-8) was wild, walking five batters, and his high pitch
count led to an early exit. Still, he allowed just five hits and two
He also escaped two bases-loaded situations with just one run
allowed in those spots.
"I don't like it, but I had no choice," Volquez said about pitching
with runners on base. "You start walking people, you get yourself in
Fortunately for the Marlins, A.J. Ramos picked up his 12th save of
the season, leading a stellar effort by the bullpen.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run, his 20th long ball of the
season, and Martin Prado added a two-run double to lead the Marlins
(34-40), who split their four-game series against the Cubs (38-37).
Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-4), who picked up a save the
last time he faced the Marlins on June 5, took the loss, allowing
four hits, two walks, three runs (none earned) in six innings.
Miami opened the scoring in the first. Ichiro Suzuki reached on a
fielding error by Russell. Miami cashed in with an RBI single by
Marcell Ozuna -- who got his hit on the fourth straight curveball he
saw -- and on Prado's two-run double.
"There was an awkward spin on the ball," Cubs manager JOe Maddon
said of Russell's error. "I understand that."
Maddon said he was much more upset with a missed sign on a
hit-and-run that resulted in Ian Happ getting thrown out at second
base. Wilson Contreras was at that plate when the sign was missed.
"Physical mistakes, make as many as you need to," Maddon said. "But
there were just a couple of other things we did today that kind of
gave (the game) to them."
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Miami Marlins starting
pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) delivers a pitch in the first inning
against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen
Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago missed an opportunity in the second inning
when Anthony Rizzo flied out to center field with two down and the
bases loaded. And that was a pattern the entire game as Chicago left
11 runners on base.
"We were probably just trying too much," Maddon said. "Instead of
just focusing on scoring one, we were trying to score them all. Just
The Cubs cut their deficit to 3-2 with sacrifice flies by Rizzo in
the fourth and Tommy La Stella in the fifth. But even there, the
Cubs stranded multiple runners in those innings.
Jarlin Garcia (one inning), David Phelps (1 2/3 innings) and Ramos
(1 1/3 innings) pitched scoreless relief for the Marlins, and
Stanton added his insurance run in the seventh.
The Marlins have scored just 15 runs in the past six games, but they
managed to split them against two 2016 playoff teams, the Washington
Nationals and Chicago.
"The pitching has kept us close," said Ramos, who has just two
four-out saves this season -- both against the Cubs. "But we're
going to start hitting again pretty soon."
NOTES: Miami rested CF Christian Yelich and 2B Dee Gordon. Ichiro
Suzuki, 43, became the oldest starting center fielder in baseball
since at least 1900. ... Chicago rested CF Albert Almora. ... The
Cubs have signed their first pick in this year's draft (LHP Brendon
Little) and their third selection (RHP Cory Abbott). The middle of
those three picks, RHP Alex Lange, is still playing his season and
this weekend beat No. 1 Oregon State at the College World Series.
... Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton leads all National League batters
with 12 homers that average at least 110 mph in exit velocity. ...
Chicago opens a four-game series on Monday at the Washington
Nationals. ... The Marlins are off Monday and on Tuesday start a
series against the New York Mets that concludes their 10-game
homestand. The Marlins and Mets have split 200 games in south
Florida, each winning 100.
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