Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 10, Marlins 6 - March 31, 2018

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 10, Marlins 6 – March 31, 2018

Chicago Cubs

All right. That’s win number two, and even if it was a bit of a trial getting there, winning two of the first three in Miami is a good outcome!

The Cubs lost a three-run lead in the middle innings, lost a one-run lead late, but then pulled tonight’s extra-innings affair out in the 10th. So, no 17-inning marathon tonight, but it felt like much more back-and-forth than last night’s grind.

Ben Zobrist had the game-winning knock in the 10th, and well said, Cubs:

Yu Darvish’s Cubs debut was not what anyone was hoping. It was a short outing, bookended by a two-run homer two batters into the game, and an inability to get out of the fifth inning at the end. It was just 4.1 innings and 5 ER on 5 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, and 4 K. The command wasn’t there on anything arm side, which prevented him from putting guys away after he’d get a couple strikes on them. There will be better days.

The bullpen was great once again, with the only run given up coming afterPedro Strop did not get the benefit of … um … borderline pitches:

Naturally, that guy dribbled a hit, and the next guy singled to tie the game. Whateves.

As for the offense:

  • Us: Man, the Cubs offense really struggled tonight.
  • Also us: oh, hey, the Cubs scored 10 runs.

Neither of those things is necessarily unfair, as the Cubs did give themselves so many opportunities that a couple huge hits from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo produced six of the ten runs, but the Cubs also squandered so many other scoring chances (especially those frustrating runner-on-third, under-two-outs types). I can understand plenty of annoyances throughout the night, even if the final score looks mighty good.

But, all is well that ends well …

Full box score.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.