Florida at Chicago

Final 12th
Chi. Cubs
W: J. Miller (4-2) L: C. Gaudin (5-4)
S: K. Gregg (22)
HR: FLA - J. Hermida (14), J. Hermida (15)   CHC - A. Ramirez (18)

Hermida, Cantu team up in 12th inning to hand Cubs another loss

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Jeremy Hermida and the Florida Marlins are enjoying the October-type energy at Wrigley Field.

Hermida hit two homers and scored the decisive run on Jorge Cantu's 12th-inning double to lead Florida over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday.

Rich Harden struck out 10 for the third time in three starts with Chicago, but the Marlins fought back to win despite striking out 20 times.

Hermida, who had three hits and two RBI, has five homers in eight games. A day after delivering a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning to complete Florida's 3-2 comeback victory, Hermida homered leading off the eighth against Sean Marshall to tie the score at 2.

Hermida then doubled with two outs in the 12th off Chad Gaudin (0-1) and scored on Cantu's double down the left-field line, giving the Marlins their NL-leading 30th comeback win.

"This is as close to a playoff atmosphere as we've had all year," Hermida said. "To come in here and take two out of three and have a chance to take the series tomorrow is definitely big for us. It proves to people that we can play with these guys and we can play with anybody in the National League."

Florida entered the day tied for second in the NL East, two games behind the New York Mets. The Marlins begin a three-game series against New York on Monday.

"This team is hungry to keep winning," Cantu said. "Everyone wants to take it to the next level and make the postseason."

Justin Miller (4-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win and Kevin Gregg worked a perfect 12th for his 22nd save.

Chicago lost for the just the fourth time -- and second in two days -- after taking a lead into the seventh. The Cubs also dropped consecutive home games for the first time since the season's opening series.

Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in two runs, but the Cubs never scored after his third-inning solo shot gave them a 2-1 lead.

"If we continue to swing the bats like this the rest of the year, we ain't going to win that many," manager Lou Piniella said. "I'm sure we're going to come out of this, but let's come out of it sooner than later."

Chicago has failed to scored more than two runs in four of six games, and the frustration was evident. Piniella and Cubs first base coach Matt Sinatro were ejected in the bottom of the ninth for arguing a call at first base.

Mark DeRosa was called out after Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez made a diving stop deep in the hole, then threw out DeRosa for the second out of the ninth.

Sinatro was immediately tossed after questioning the call, then Piniella came out of the dugout and was ejected for the second time this year.

"I went out there to get my coach off the field," Piniella said. "The only thing I mentioned to the umpire was, 'Why are you so antagonistic?' And that's what he kicked me out for."

Renyel Pinto struck out Geovany Soto to end the ninth and send the game into extra innings.

Five Marlins relievers combined for six scoreless innings.

Chris Volstad, making his third career start, scattered six hits and allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

The Cubs again failed to support their big midseason acquisition, Harden.

The right-hander is 0-1 in three starts since being traded from Oakland to Chicago on July 8 -- despite giving up only two runs in 17 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits in five innings, becoming the first pitcher in Cubs history to strike out at least 10 in each of his first three starts.

"The guy doesn't give up any runs and doesn't get a win," Chicago first baseman Derrek Lee said. "You feel a little bad for him. But I have a feeling he's going to be good the rest of the way and we'll get him a few wins."

Harden allowed just one run -- a third-inning solo shot by Hermida -- and left with a 2-1 lead.

Marshall took over in the sixth, pitching two scoreless innings before allowing Hermida's homer in the eighth.


  • Florida 2B Dan Uggla snapped an 0-for-19 slump in the fourth with a double.
  • Plate umpire Gerry Davis left in the bottom of the second after being hit with a pitch. Davis was struck in the chest by a high fastball from Volstad. Davis walked off the field with Cubs trainers, then was replaced by second base ump Bruce Dreckman after a short delay.
  • Dominic DiAngi, the 8-year-old boy whose skull was fractured by Ted Lilly's foul ball on July 10, threw out the first pitch. DiAngi has returned to living a normal life after spending six nights in the hospital, but his mother said he's still having difficulties with his speech and memory.
  • Cubs 2B Mike Fontenot was moved up to the fifth spot in the batting order and went 1-for-2 with a walk.
  • Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weiss sang Take Me Out To The Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch and was booed when he was introduced.
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Manager Lou Piniella has a good reason to be angry after his Cubs lose a late lead to the Marlins.  (AP)
Manager Lou Piniella has a good reason to be angry after his Cubs lose a late lead to the Marlins. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Hermida
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2

A. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000213 .297
Jeremy Hermida, RF5332021 .260
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B6011033 .292
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000021 .239
   a- Cody Ross, PH-CF3010021 .258
Dan Uggla, 2B5010021 .266
Josh Willingham, LF4010131 .267
John Baker, C4000011 .158
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-3B5000032 .270
Chris Volstad, P2000010 .143
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .230
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
   c- Luis Gonzalez, PH0000100 .262
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   d- Robert Andino, PH1010000 .200
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Jacobs in the 8th
b-grounded out for Volstad in the 7th
c-walked for Waechter in the 9th
d-singled for Miller in the 12th
2B - Jeremy Hermida (19, Gaudin), Jorge Cantu (26, Gaudin), Dan Uggla (26, Harden)
HR - Jeremy Hermida 2 (15, Harden, Marshall)
SH - John Baker (1)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida 2 (47), Jorge Cantu (60)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida (18), Jorge Cantu (26)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Cantu-Uggla-Jacobs, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
PB - John Baker (1)
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad 6622261 2.38
Matt Lindstrom 1100010 3.78
Doug Waechter 1000000 3.19
Renyel Pinto 1.1100020 2.65
Justin Miller (W,4-2) 1.2000000 4.32
Kevin Gregg (S,22) 1000010 2.39
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 99-58, Matt Lindstrom 12-9, Doug Waechter 11-7, Renyel Pinto 23-14, Justin Miller 14-10, Kevin Gregg 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-3, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Doug Waechter 2-1, Renyel Pinto 2-0, Justin Miller 3-2, Kevin Gregg 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 25, Matt Lindstrom 3, Doug Waechter 3, Renyel Pinto 5, Justin Miller 5, Kevin Gregg 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5000025 .274
Ryan Theriot, SS5000001 .319
Derrek Lee, 1B5110010 .295
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5122000 .269
Mike Fontenot, 2B2010101 .280
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-CF2000010 .283
Mark DeRosa, RF-2B5000012 .273
Geovany Soto, C5010011 .273
Kosuke Fukudome, CF-RF4020120 .278
Rich Harden, P2000023 .100
    Sean Marshall, P1010000 .500
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b- Henry Blanco, PH0000000 .299
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Fontenot in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Marmol in the 10th
2B - Derrek Lee (28, Volstad), Geovany Soto (25, Volstad)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (18, Volstad)
SH - Henry Blanco (1)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (70)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (23)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1
E - Aramis Ramirez (9, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Harden 52113101 2.10
Sean Marshall 3111051 4.22
Neal Cotts 0.1100000 2.45
Carlos Marmol 1.2100120 3.77
Chad Gaudin (L,5-4) 2311030 3.41
HBP - Hermida (by Rich Harden)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 87-53, Sean Marshall 49-33, Neal Cotts 9-5, Carlos Marmol 35-20, Chad Gaudin 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 2-3, Sean Marshall 1-4, Neal Cotts 1-0, Chad Gaudin 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 21, Sean Marshall 11, Neal Cotts 2, Carlos Marmol 7, Chad Gaudin 8
Game Information
Attendance - 41471
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Brian Gorman