Found April 26, 2013 on
The Marlins Marlins were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday in a game they trailed from the start.  Chicago has now taken the first two of the series and Miami has 18 losses on the year to go along with only five wins.   That record puts the Marlins on pace for the worst record in Major League Baseball history.   Currently, it’s good enough for worst this season in MLB. Wade LeBlanc started the game and allowed four runs on eight hits in his six innings of work.   The loss was charged to the lefty who falls to 0-4 on the season with a 6.20 E.R.A.   Tom Koehler and A.J. Ramos both worked in relief after LeBlanc exited and combined for three shutout innings that featured a pair of hits and a strikeout.    All four of the runs scored off of LeBlanc came off the bat of Anthony Rizzo who hit a pair of two run home runs. Joe Mahoney hit his first career home run in the fourth inning to get Miami on the board before Chris Valaika brought home another run in the seventh inning.  That ...

Vitters' Stick Leads Cubs to Victory at Talking Stick

Josh Vitters singled twice and ripped an RBI double, Carlos Penalver doubled twice, scored a run, and knocked-in another, and catcher Lance Rymel threw out five baseruners (four caught stealing and one picked-off), as the Cubs edged the Rockies 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east...

Marlins owner denies lineup tampering

Did Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria personally instruct his baseball staff to flip-flop starting pitchers in a doubleheader Tuesday against the Twins? Yes, according to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. No, according to Loria. "I had nothing to do with the decision," Loria told on Friday. "I was informed of the decision by the baseball department...

Giancarlo Stanton hits home run over scoreboard (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Giancarlo Stanton waited until the Miami Marlins’ 24th game of the season to finally hit a home run, but he sure made it count. The Marlins slugger took a 3-1 pitch from Travis Wood in the first inning of the Marlins-Cubs game deep to left field. Really deep. The ball cleared the scoreboard beyond left field with ease and traveled 440 feet...

Alfonso Soriano and the Antithesis of Situational Hitting

Used to be, earlier in his career, Alfonso Soriano was the very model of an undisciplined hitter. He got a lot of press, because he was a Yankee, and back in 2002, Soriano drew 22 unintentional walks while striking out 157 times. He also mashed 39 dingers, so it’s not like there was much reason for Soriano to change. But as time has gone by, it seems like Soriano has drawn less...

Cubs’ Matt Garza Skips Rehab Start but Throws Next Day

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza was scheduled to throw a rehab start with the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Thursday, April 25. However, he could not make that start due to tightness in his left lat. Garza managed to throw on flat ground on Friday and reported no issues. He is scheduled for more flat-ground throwing on Saturday and then have some bullpen...

GIF: Giancarlo Stanton’s first home run of season estimated over 470 ft

Tweet   The main power threat in the Miami Marlins lineup is right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and he might be able to hit a baseball further than anyone in MLB today. Last year Stanton hit this titanic blast at Coors Field in Colorado, which still may be in orbit. Saturday, he launched his first home [...]

Cubs 4, Marlins 2

Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving Chicago back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Rizzo's second career two-home run game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven. Scott Feldman...

Illini about to plant flag in Northwestern's backyard?

There's rivalry shenanigans and then there's what the Illini are about to pull in a few weeks. Chicago has long been a fighting ground for the college sports fans hearts - after all, it's the number one location for grads of Big Ten schools in the country - but for decades it's been the battle ground for Northwestern vs. Illinois. However, yesterday the Illini...

Cubs 4, Marlins 3

Luis Valbuena wasn't going to let the game go to extras. Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning off Steve Cishek (1-3) to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. ''Ninth inning, two outs, I tried to hit a home run,'' Valbuena said. ''I didn't want to play extra innings.'' The Marlins...

A Tale of Two Sluggers

Something interesting came up today as Anthony Rizzo hit another two homers to become the Cubs’ all-time leader in homers in April by a left-handed batter.  Yeah, they have small-sample meaningless stats for everything!  But all those home runs are cool despite his crap average.  At the conclusion of the game, Rizzo had a slash line of .200/.277/.506, buoyed by the fact that...

Not So Sweet Home Chicago For Cubs And White Sox

What once was a tale of two cities is now just one long book of struggle. Last season the Chicago Cubs were out of contention early, while the Chicago White Sox held down first place for a period of time until the wheels fell off and the playoffs were out of reach, notice the result, neither had a playoff appearance, not something fans are content about. Coming into the 2013 season...
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