Smyly finally wins at home as Cubs beat Marlins 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Smyly tossed shutout ball into the seventh inning for his first win at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, main Chicago previous the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday.

P.J. Higgins homered and singled, and Nico Hoerner added three hits and an RBI to assist the Cubs defeat Miami for a second straight day after dropping 5 straight.

Ian Happ had two hits and scored a run and Willson Contreras had an RBI single. Both All-Stars, Happ and Contreras had been the topic of commerce rumors earlier than Tuesday’s deadline, however remained with Chicago.

The Marlins have lost six of seven and had been shut out for the twelfth time this season.

“That was a really nice pitching performance,” Cubs supervisor David Ross mentioned. “It looked like (Smyly) was pitching different today, a lot of stuff away. I thought he used both sides of the plate real well and did a real nice job.”

Smyly (4-6) finally prevailed at home in his sixth begin this season at Wrigley after signing a one-year, $5.25 million contract in March that features incentive pay and an choice for 2023.

“We’re in August and its the first win at home, so I realized that and it’s awesome to get a win here,” Smyly mentioned. “Obviously we’re not having the best season, pretty behind in the standings, but you go out there every game and every fan is cheering for you. It’s a packed house and the energy is better than anywhere.”

The 33-year-old lefty allowed 5 hits, struck out 4 and walked none earlier than being changed by Mark Leiter Jr. with two outs within the seventh.

Leiter retired the subsequent seven Miami hitters.

Smyly was 11-4 final season for World Series champion Atlanta, however missed six weeks this year with an indirect pressure. He returned on July 10 however had struggled since, with a 6.06 ERA in 4 begins heading into Saturday.

Miami’s Pablo López (7-7) allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in five-plus innings.

Smyly bought some assist when the Cubs saved Miami from taking a 1-0 lead within the third with a profitable problem.

Miguel Rojas was referred to as secure by plate umpire Larry Vanover when he tried to attain from second on Bryan De La Cruz’s single to proper. The name was overturned after video confirmed catcher Higgins tagged De La Cruz’s foot inches from the place after taking Seiya Suzuki’s robust throw.

“I thought I stuck my glove in there and I couldn’t tell. I knew I got him, but I don’t know if I got him right before the plate,” Higgins mentioned.

Chicago jumped forward 1-0 within the fourth when Happ doubled and Hoerner singled him home. The Cubs added two extra within the fifth.

Higgins led off the sixth with a solo shot simply contained in the left-field foul pole to chase López.

“We had something decent early, but it seemly like once they scored, it got away from us,” Miami supervisor Don Mattingly mentioned.

Happ made a leaping catch off the aspect wall in left on Joey Wendle’s fly to retire Miami within the eighth.


Smyly first signed with the Cubs as a free agent in December 2017, however by no means pitched for them as he recovered from Tommy John surgical procedure. He was traded to Texas in November 2018.


Chicago reinstated 11-year veteran shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the injured listing on Saturday, then designated the four-time Gold Glove winner for project earlier than the sport

Simmons signed a $4 million take care of the Cubs in March and gave the impression to be slotted for an everyday position. But the 32-year-old appeared in simply 34 video games due to two proper shoulder accidents, batting .173 with seven RBIs.

Simmons hadn’t appeared in a sport with Chicago since July 10 in opposition to the Dodgers however had simply accomplished a rehab project with Triple-A Iowa.


Marlins LF Peyton Burdick singled within the third for his first hit within the majors. He made his main league debut on Friday and fanned thrice.


Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez was activated from the COVID-19 injured listing. RHP Aneurys Zabala was designated for project.

Cubs: Rookie Christopher Morel left the sport with proper hamstring tightness after breaking an 0-for-25 hunch with a single within the fifth and scoring. He’s day-to-day.


Miami LHP Jesus Luzardo (2-4, 3.97 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 3.74) on Sunday. Luzardo allowed two runs and struck out 5 in 5 innings in opposition to Cincinnati final Monday, in his first large league outing since May 10. The 24-year-old lefty had been sidelined by a left forearm pressure.

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