4/18 Marlins 9, Cubs 1
Dale Sveum missed seeing the home-run sculpture at Marlins Park do its thing Tuesday night when Hanley Ramirez hit a game-winning blast in the eighth. Unfortunately, he had a chance to see it twice on Wednesday. Ramirez and Donnie Murphy each hit two-run homers off Matt Garza to back Mark Buehrle, who helped himself with a rare RBI single, and power the Marlins to victory.
“It’s tough for the starting pitchers to know they have to be perfect all the time,” Sveum said.
What can he do to get the offense going? Sveum may tweak the lineup.
“You can do a lot of things,” he said. “Is it going to make a difference? You do mix and match and change a few things and see what happens. Tomorrow, it’s going to be our normal lineup in there but I might switch things around a little bit.”
* The Cubs are 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the two games vs. the Marlins.
“Guys are busting their tail in the cage,” Jeff Baker said. “We have an approach, we’re just not executing now. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes when you try to get on the gas a little more and go harder, harder, harder it gets worse. Hopefully guys relax and we can have better at-bats and get a little momentum and have some fun.”
It’s only April, but the Cubs need to turn things around.
“I think there’s urgency every day you come to the yard,” Baker said. “You want to win, you want to represent your team, you want to represent yourself. Yeah, it stinks. It stinks when you’re not winning and you’re not playing well, especially when you know how hard guys work. Hopefully, it’ll turn.”
* Garza could’ve helped himself in fifth when the Cubs had two on and one out but he failed to get a bunt down.
“He struggles with the bat,” Sveum said. “He knows he has to get better at it and works at it but it’s different in the game when somebody is throwing 90 miles an hour up there, even though Buehrle is 86 [mph].”
“It’s frustrating, man,” Garza said. “I’m going to keep working.”
When Garza exited, he was seen talking to himself.
“I always say something on the way out, good or bad,” he said. “That doesn’t change. It’s not directed toward [the umpires]. They’re doing their job the best the way they can, just like we are. This game is meant for human error. That’s what makes it so fun and so frustrating at the same time.”
* Jeff Samardzija will try to get the Cubs on track Thursday when he closes the series against Ricky Nolasco.
— Carrie Muskat