Marlins 9, Cubs 5
As much as he hates Wrigley Field, Ozzie Guillen had to enjoy
Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and the Miami Marlins beat the Cubs
9-5 on Tuesday night, giving Guillen a win in his first game back
managing in Chicago.
Lee’s slam against Travis Wood highlighted a five-run fifth and
tied him with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams for seventh on
baseball’s career list with 17.
Omar Infante also homered and had three hits, giving him 17 in
36 at-bats at Wrigley Field. Hanley Ramirez also went deep in the
game to back a strong start by Anibal Sanchez (5-6), and the
Marlins won their second straight after dropping four of five.
”Little by little, hopefully we start getting better,” Guillen
said. ”We got big hits. Carlos has been taking over in RBI
situations, doing a tremendous job going after it and bringing
those guys in. We’re going to need more than that.”
Overall, though, he liked what he saw in his first game in
Chicago since a messy split with the White Sox at the end of last
season. He led the South Siders to a 678-617 record that included a
championship in 2005, their first since 1917, but his tenure ended
after his relationship with general manager Ken Williams
On Tuesday, he heard plenty of boos. Hardly a surprise, given he
was on the North Side and visiting the old ballpark that he has
blasted as a rat-infested dump.
He said his wife was booing him.
”I asked why and she said she didn’t want them to know she was
my wife because she’d be killed in the stands,” Guillen said. ”I
respect them. That’s fine.”
The Cubs simply couldn’t strike the big blow, stranding 10
runners, and took the loss after winning 12 of 16. It didn’t help,
either, that Wood (4-4) unraveled after winning his previous four
starts. The left-hander lasted just 4 2-3 innings, giving up eight
hits and eight runs.
Miami scored three against him in the fourth, with Infante’s
two-run drive to left capping that rally. They then chased him
during a five-run fifth, the big blow coming when Lee drove the
first pitch to the left-field seats after Sanchez, Jose Reyes and
Emilio Bonifacio all singled to start the inning.
The slam was Lee’s first since July 25, 2011, with Houston. It
was also his first homer since the Marlins acquired him from the
Astros on July 4.
”You go out there and try to hit home runs, you’re going to
fail 90 percent of the time, and I know it,” Lee said.
Wood simply shrugged off that blow, saying, ”Lee hit a good
pitch. It was down and in. He just dropped the barrel.”
Wood left after giving up a one-out double to Ramirez and
retiring Austin Kearns on a fly. Rafael Dolis came in and gave up
back-to-back singles to Infante and John Buck that made it 8-0.
That was plenty for Sanchez, who allowed nine hits but just two
runs (one earned) over seven innings while striking out seven and
walking two. He gave up a solo homer to Jeff Baker in the fifth.
The Cubs got another run in the sixth when Geovany Soto doubled and
came around after Ramirez let Joe Mather’s grounder to third go
under his glove.
Ramirez made up for it in the seventh with a solo shot that made
it 9-2, his second hit of the game.
”We played a great game,” Lee said. ”Anibal pitched a great
game. We got on base, we got some key hits. That’s the name of the
Notes: When fans booed him during a pitching change in the
eighth, Guillen responded by pointing toward his ring finger on his
left hand – the one where he would wear his championship ring. …
The Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano, who had his issues when he pitched
for the Cubs, said he got a warm welcome when he visited the city
about two weeks ago. Miami was visiting Milwaukee and he went to
check on his Chicago house. ”People in the street were very
appreciative of me. … They say, `Too bad that you left. We miss
you Z.’ I appreciate that. But there are some people that don’t
like me. There’s nothing I can do about it.” Zambrano is not
scheduled to start in this series. … Cubs manager Dale Sveum said
he doesn’t foresee an innings limit on first-year starter Jeff
Samardzija. The 27-year-old right-hander is 6-8 with a 4.71 ERA in
17 starts and is on pace for about 186. His career high in the
minors was 141 2-3 in 2007. His previous high in the majors was 88
innings as a reliever in 2011. Samardzija starts for the Cubs on
Wednesday against Josh Johnson (5-6, 4.28).