Garza Throws Well, But Marmol Coughs It Up Late As Cubs Lose 6-3

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Marmol Walks Four Of Five Batters Faced

Despite being spotted with a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Cubs found a new way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Carlos Marmol imploded on the mound to give away the win.

Marmol started the ninth and walked Mike Stanton and Mike Cameron out of the gate. The next batter, John Buck, was also walked to load the bases. The Marlins replaced Buck with pinch runner DeWayne Wise, who would end up being the go ahead run after Greg Dobbs hit a bases clearing double to put Florida up 3-2.

But the pain wouldn’t end there. Marmol continued his walkathon, giving up a free pass to Emilio Bonifaco. Kerry Wood came in to replace Marmol, but promptly walked Omar Infante before giving up RBIs to Gaby Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez. James Russell then replaced Wood and got the second out of the inning, but also allowed in another run before the bleeding stopped.

The Cubs would score one more run in the bottom of the ninth to pull within three, when Tony Campana scored after a passed ball by Marlins closer Leo Nunez. But it wouldn’t be enough when Reed Johnson and Kosuke Fukudome went down on strikes to close out the game.

All of this spoiled a great outing by Matt Garza, who recovered from his disaster against the Nationals to throw seven shutout innings, giving up just six hits and three walks while striking out six.

The two teams will play again on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Open Second Half Against Marlins

After a disappointing first half of the 2011 season, the Chicago Cubs will open the remainder of the year with a series at home against the Florida Marlins. In the first half of the season, twelve starters on the team spent time on the disabled list at one point or another. The Cubs will hope that the rest of their year can be a largely healthy one.

Starting for the Cubs will be Matt Garza. Garza, 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, will look to start off the second half on a good note after he finished the first with a sour outing against Washington that saw him give up seven runs in just two innings pitched. In his career against Florida, Garza is 3-1 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Mike Stanton is 1-for-3 against Garza with a home run.

The Marlins will send Anibal Sanchez to the hill to start on Thursday night. Sanchez, 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, is coming off of two disappointing starts. One, against Texas, saw him give up seven runs in 3.2 innings pitched, while his most recent start against Philadelphia featured four innings of five run baseball. In his career against the Cubs, Sanchez is 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA and 2.16 WHIP. Blake DeWitt is 2-for-5 with a double against Sanchez, and Alfonso Soriano has homered against Sanchez four times in his career.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be nice, partly cloudy with a game time temperature in the upper 70's. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-F HD.

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