They’re celebrating 100 years at Wrigley Field, a place where the Marlins have created so much magic of their own over the years. There was the 2003 playoff drama, and there is the fact that Wrigley is the only ballpark outside their own division where the Marlins own a winning record.
On Friday, just when it looked as though the Marlins would pull another trick from their sleeves by launching a ninth-inning comeback and sending it into extra innings, the Cubs recovered for a 5-3 victory in the 13th on Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer off Kevin Slowey.
“It’s a long game to go and lose,” manager Mike Redmond said.
The Marlins are now 44-44 all-time at Wrigley.
Trailing 3-0 in the ninth, the Marlins strung together three bloop hits to load the bases with one out. When Justin Bour bounced a routine grounder to first and umpire Tony Randazzo called him safe because Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon’s foot wasn’t on the bag when he took the throw, the Marlins were in business.
But after reviewing the play, umpires overturned the call. Bour was out, but a run scored for the Marlins, nevertheless.
Reed Johnson followed with a two-run, pinch-hit single to tie it 3-3, which is how the score remained until the 13th.
Other than their ninth-inning rally, the Marlins didn’t do much at all offensively. Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 6, striking out four times and grounding into a double play. And the Marlins struck out 17 times against six Cubs pitchers.
Nathan Eovaldi had a strong outing. Eovaldi didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth when Nate Schierholtz singled to center with two outs. That preceded an RBI double by Chris Coghlan, one of several former Marlins who had a part in the Cubs’ victory on Friday.
Eovaldi’s only major mistake came in the eighth after Justin Ruggiano — another former teammate — doubled with one out and Emilio Bonifacio — another ex-Marlin — hit a comebacker to the mound that Eovaldi couldn’t handle.
Eovaldi was thinking he could catch Ruggiano edging too far off second.
“I know how Ruggiano is,” Eovaldi said. “He jumps off the bag, and he’s real quick out there. I knew I would have had him. But I turned too quick before I had the ball.”
Eovaldi lost his chance at getting Ruggiano, but it appeared he still had time to get Bonifacio at first. But he never threw the ball.
“That was the play,” Redmond said.
After a fielder’s choice ground ball by Junior Lake, Rizzo doubled, driving in two runs.
Rizzo wasn’t done, there, though.
With Slowey on the mound in the 13th, Lake opened the inning with a single before Rizzo belted his 12th homer to win it.
“Other than the ninth inning, mounting a rally, extra innings we didn’t get anything going at all,” Redmond said.
The Marlins had only a couple of harmless singles over the final four frames. Marcell Ozuna reached on a leadoff single in the 11th and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
But J.T. Realmuto grounded to second and Jeff Baker grounded to third to end the only real threat the Marlins had after the ninth.