Quick hits from Marlins' 4-0 loss to Cubs

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

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CHICAGO — It was another dud of a performance by the Miami Marlins offense. They had no answer for Drew Smyly or Mark Leiter Jr. in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field, Miami’s seventh loss in the past eight games.

The Marlins are now a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 48-59. The Cubs improve to 43-63.

A few quick hits from the outing:

— Saturday marked the 12th time the Marlins have been shut out this season. Only the Detroit Tigers (14) and Kansas City Royals (13) have been shut out more times this season. It was also the ninth time in 16 games since the All-Star Break that Miami has scored fewer than three runs.

The Marlins’ only real scoring chance on Saturday came in the third inning. Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-out single to right field — his second hit of the game — that appeared to score Miguel Rojas from second in the third inning. The play was overturned after a replay review.

— Pablo Lopez, in his first start following the trade deadline, allowed four runs on nine hits and was pulled after giving up a leadoff home run to P.J. Higgins in the sixth inning. He struck out six and walked two.


Lopez was steady through the first four innings, giving up just one run on a Nico Hoerner single to left that scored Ian Happ, who hit a double to left that Peyton Burdick dove for only to have the ball pop out of his glove.

Things unraveled for Lopez in the fifth, with the Cubs sending seven hitters to the plate and scoring two runs. Christopher Morel, Rafael Ortega and Willson Contreras opened the frame with consecutive singles, with Contreras driving in Morel. Seiya Suzuki then grounded into a double play that scored Ortega from third. Happ and Hoerner then hit back-to-back two-out singles to put runners on the corners again before Lopez struck out Frank Schwindel to end the frame.

— An individual highlight: Burdick recorded his first career MLB hit with a single to left field in the third inning.

— Another individual highlight: With his two-out double in the seventh, Charles Leblanc has safely reached base in each of his first seven games since making his MLB debut on July 30. It is the longest on-base streak by a Marlins player to begin his MLB career since Derek Dietrich safely reached base in his first 14 career games in 2013.

Leblanc is hitting .391 (9 for 23) with three doubles and a home run in that stretch and has three multi-hit outings.

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