The Miami Marlins wept this Wednesday in frustration when their background relief pitching failed allowing three runs in the ninth inning and fell 5×4 to the Chicago Cubs, who swept the three-game series in the Major Leagues.
In the ninth episode, the Cubs were behind on the scoreboard 4×2, but they forced the draw by bases on balls and reached the crowned victory after a wilpitch by closer AJ Ramos (1-1), finally the defeated.
Ben Zobrist walked to load the bases and score the tie. Then when Willson Contreras was taking his turn, closer Ramos sent a poor pitch that allowed Matt Szczur to score and leave the Marlins sprawled on the field.
That was just Ramos’ second failed save attempt in 33 chances.
Catcher Jeff Mathis had hit a two-run homer for the Marlins and outfielder Christian Yelich added another to back up a solid six-inning pitching effort by starter Tom Koehler, but he ultimately went no contest.
The victory went to reliever Justin Grimm (1-0), who pitched the ninth inning as the Cubs earned their seventh win in eight games.
The Japanese Ichiro Suzuki, of the Marlins, went 1-0 as a pinch hitter and remained two hits away from becoming the 30th player with the feat of 3,000 hits (2,998). (AFP).