Cubs 5, Marlins 7

Box Score / Highlights

What went right:

  • The first two innings were great for the offense. 3 consecutive doubles and an RBI single by DeWitt made up for Wells’ bad first inning.
  • Wells got the only stroke of good luck today in the 5th when he got out of the bases loaded jam.
  • Castro took a walk.
  • Soriano didn’t start.

What went wrong:

  • Wells was really bad in the first inning. He walked the leadoff man and then gave up a 2-run HR to Dobbs, then Hanley hit a home run to put the Marlins up 3-0. Thankfully it didn’t get any worse until the 8th inning.
  • DeWitt played left field. He didn’t do terribly, but he is not an outfielder.
  • As much as I like Tony Campana, he can’t put the ball in play. He needs to do that before they bring him in for close situations.
  • The umpires made some very bad calls. Wood had Hayes picked off at 2nd and the ump missed the call. It would have ended the inning and Wood would not have walked Dobbs and the game would have stayed tied. But no. Bad luck had to come our way AGAIN. Good grief.
  • Castro took the only walk.
  • Soriano came up to pinch hit.

Notes:

  • Castro blew through the stop sign by DeJesus on Ramirez’s double and scored without a problem. Why was he trying to stop one of our quickest players? If it would have been Soto, he would have sent him.
  • Riggins’ mustache is phenomenal. Maybe the rest of the team should try to grow one, but then Castro and Campana would feel bad.
  • My Dad: “Oh no, Kerry Wood.” The beginning of the 8th was not good for Wood. But, after the missed call at 2nd, you can’t really blame him for the runs. They should have been out of the inning at that point.
  • Bob Brenly was more fired up after the missed call at 2nd than Quade was. Bob’s inner manager really came out today, and the corny jokes were kept to a minimum on his part.
  • Strikeout or foul ball? That was the strangest play I’ve seen. Personally, it looked like a foul ball and the ball boy thought so too. Thankfully, it didn’t come back to bite us. It would be nice if some of the ball boy’s hustle would rub off on to the rest of the team.

The Takeaway:

The game started out fast paced but then it turned into a real snoozer. Innings 5-7 were uneventful. If the Cubs could pace themselves and get runs in the middle of the game instead of at the beginning and the end, and if the pitchers can figure out how to get through the first inning without giving up a bunch of runs, the games might have better outcomes. If we can figure out how to have more runs than our opponent at the end of the game, we might win a couple. Maybe.

Granted, there were a couple bad calls by the umps today, but the Cubs still can’t figure out how to win.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Greg Dobbs (.370 WPA)

2nd Star – Burke Badenhop (.208 WPA)

3rd Star – John Buck (.178 WPA)

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec