MIAMI -- After a couple of late-night extra-inning encounters, the Marlins and Cubs were to able settle things in nine innings. And it was Miami, behind Brian Anderson's three-run double and Dillon Peters' six shutout innings, that claimed the series finale, 6-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park.The two teams split
MIAMI -- After a couple of late-night extra-inning encounters, the Marlins and Cubs were to able settle things in nine innings. And it was Miami, behind Brian Anderson's three-run double and Dillon Peters' six shutout innings, that claimed the series finale, 6-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park.
The two teams split the four-game set. Peters, Drew Steckenrider, Tayron Guerrero and Kyle Barraclough combined on the eight-hit shutout, stranding 10 runners on base. The pitching benefitted by a few terrific defensive plays by center fielder Lewis Brinson and right fielder Cameron Maybin.
"Obviously, it was a good, well-played series, from the start," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It was a good series for us, good series, all around."
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"In here, in house, we believe," Maybin said. "We feel like we could have taken three, maybe four games. We were in every game, from the very first game. Again, the way we play with energy and the way we play for each other, the way we held each other accountable [helped us win]."
Sunday's finale lasted a brisk 2 hours, 36 minutes, after Friday night's 17-inning epic lasted 5 hours, 18 minutes and Saturday went 3 hours, 57 minutes.
"Yeah, it is kind of nice, actually," said Anderson, who played all 45 innings in the series. "My body is going to thank me later."
Peters set the tone, changing speeds and executing his curveball. He threw 89 total pitches, with 38 four-seam fastballs and 34 breaking balls.
"My curveball is good for me right now," Peters said. "I've got a lot of confidence in it. I pitched off it, and it let my fastball play in the zone a little bit better."
Jose Quintana held the Marlins without a hit through four innings, but Miami broke through and scored five times in the fifth inning. Cameron Maybin started things off with a double and scored on Chad Wallach's RBI single. Derek Dietrich added a run-scoring single, and Anderson cleared the bases with two outs with his three-run double.
"That's one column," Maybin said of the no-hits through four. "But you look up and he's 60 pitches through four. We put in a lot of great team at-bats. We felt like we wore them down. With the way the beginning of the series went, you need to have those quality at-bats."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Snapping the slump: Wallach started the season hitless with eight strikeouts in his first 11 at-bats before he drove in the first run of the game on Sunday with a single to right. Wallach started three of the four games in the series, filling in at catcher with J.T. Realmuto (lower back contusion) on the disabled list. In the sixth inning, Wallach doubled, which helped lead to the Marlins' sixth run, when Yadiel Rivera scored on Quintana's wild pitch.
"I was able to relax a little bit more today, put good swings on balls and take good at-bats," Wallach said. "With the guy on third, you're just trying to put the barrel on the ball, get him in any way that you can. It worked out."
Stranded chances: The Cubs threatened off Peters in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber doubled to open the inning, and reached third. Chicago attempted a squeeze bunt by Javier Baez, which was fielded by first baseman Garrett Cooper, who went home and caught Schwarber in a rundown. Quintana struck out to end the potential rally.
"Cooper made the play," Peters said. "We got the lead out, which is the most important thing there. Just keep fighting."
"Quite frankly, we could not have hit the ball better than we did. That's the most incredible shutout I've ever seen in my life. Give their defense a lot of credit. They covered a lot of ground in the outfield; they made some plays in the infield. For zero points, you cannot hit the ball any better than we did. That might have been the best-hit shutout I've ever seen." -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon
"We hit a couple of balls hard early. They played excellent defense; they were making every play. It started off with Brinson hitting the laser, and [Javier] Baez was able to make a play on it. Just get Quintana to get more pitches up in the zone. He was good at keeping the ball down, especially early." -- Anderson, on Miami's approach at the plate
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Anderson cleared the bases, driving home three runs with his line drive to right-center with two outs in the fifth inning off Quintana. The question was whether Anderson would have a three-run double or triple. While stretching it to third, Anderson was called out. The Marlins challenged, and after a review of one minute and 52 seconds, the ruling on the field was upheld.
COOPER STILL SORE
Two days after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch, Cooper was in the starting lineup, playing first. But he was replaced in the field in the sixth inning after he experienced discomfort on a swing and miss in the fourth inning.
"Just precautionary to get some treatment in there," Cooper said. "Get the inflammation out of there."
Marlins: Impressive late in Spring Training, Trevor Richards is getting the nod as the No. 5 starter. He will be added to the roster before Monday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Red Sox at Marlins Park. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the club's No. 22 prospect, Richards had a 2.53 ERA at two Minor League levels last year. Lefty Christopher Johnson will start for the Red Sox.
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