Cubs lose to Marlins 6-0, split four-game opening series
MIAMI — Dillon Peters threw six scoreless innings, Brian Anderson hit a three-run double to highlight a five-run fifth and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday to split their opening four-game series.
Chad Wallach had two hits for the Marlins, who were hitless in their first four innings before getting the offense going.
Peters (1-0) helped a well-worked bullpen out in a big way, rarely getting himself into any trouble. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, striking out two and walking only one.
Wallach’s RBI single snapped an 0-for-11 start to his season and got the Marlins on the board, bringing in Cameron Maybin. Derek Dietrich’s single under the glove of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drove home Wallach to make it 2-0, and Anderson’s two-out line drive to right off Cubs starter Jose Quintana (0-1) cleared the bases.
Quintana gave up six hits and six runs in six innings. The last of the runs charged to him scored when he uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth.
Kyle Schwarber had a pair of hits for the Cubs, who stranded 10 runners on Sunday and 42 runners for the series — a lot even when considering one of the four games in Miami was a 17-inning affair on Friday night.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before the game that he was already a bit concerned about his bullpen because so much work was needed in these four games. He made it out of Sunday with only one pitching change required, after Brian Duensing worked the final two innings in relief of Quintana.