Florida at Chicago

Final 10th
Chi. Cubs
W: R. Pinto (2-0) L: A. Heilman (2-1)
HR: FLA - J. Cantu (7)   CHC - M. Bradley (2), M. Fontenot (4)

Cantu's bat, Cubs errors lead to Marlins' 10th-inning win in Wrigley

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella is a frustrated manager in a tough spot: He is lacking options.

After a sloppy, 8-2 loss in 10 innings to the Florida Marlins on Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs manager talked about shuffling his poor-hitting lineup.

"What am I supposed to do?" Piniella said. "I can start changing lineups around and let my bench play. I can do that."

What bench?

Losers of seven of nine, the Cubs are playing without injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez (calf), and Piniella had use to Carlos Zambrano as a pinch hitter in the eighth and play catcher Koyie Hill at third in the 10th.

Jorge Cantu hit a three-run double in the 10th inning after Florida tied it on a throwing error by Carlos Marmol in the eighth to win its third in a row.

The Cubs had five hits and scored their only runs on back-to-back homer by Milton Bradley and Mike Fontenot. Four regulars are hitting under .200 as the Cubs finished the month 10-11.

The Cubs' only substitutes right now are outfielders Micah Hoffpauir, whom Piniella doesn't want to start in right because of defense, and the weak-hitting Joey Gathright. Slumping catcher Geovany Soto didn't start.

"It's a big concern," Piniella said. "Big concern."

Defense is a concern for the Cubs as well.

Alfredo Amezaga doubled and scored on Ryan Theriot's fielding error for the go-ahead run in the 10th and Cantu homered and drove in four runs for the Marlins. Florida tied it in the eighth when Marmol threw away Cameron Maybin's sacrifice attempt.

"When you play those games so tightly late in the game, it's usually a base on balls or an error that's going to crack the game open," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There's no secret about that. We were glad that we were able to take advantage of it."

Theriot committed two of the Cubs' three errors.

Amezaga led the 10th with a drive off Aaron Heilman (2-1) that popped out of a diving Reed Johnson's glove for a double. Wes Helms walked before Amezaga scored when Theriot couldn't come up with Derrek Lee's throw to second for the force on Emilio Bonifacio's grounder.

"When everything is going right, you're going to take advantage," Amezaga said. "I feel pretty happy that I helped the team."

After Maybin's RBI bunt hit, Heilman walked Jeremy Hermida to load the bases and Cantu double to left-center. Dan Uggla added an RBI off Angel Guzman.

Heilman failed to record an out in the inning, giving up six runs -- five earned -- on three hits, while walking two.

"We're not playing the way we know we can play," Lee said. "We need to change it, we need to fix it. April's over now, it's time to turn it around."

Renyel Pinto (2-0) recorded one out for the win.

Amezaga helped the cause in the ninth with a diving stop of Johnson's grounder to short that would've scored Theriot from third.

Bradley notched his first hit as a Cub at Wrigley Field: a home run in the fifth.

Fontenot connected on the next pitch from Chris Volstad for consecutive homers to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Bradley came into the game hitting .097 (3-for-31) in 13 games this season, missing time with a groin strain.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, pinch-hitter Ross Gload was walked by Marmol, who then walked Bonifacio. Gload scored when Marmol threw away Maybin's bunt toward third, tying it 2-all.

Cantu homered off Sean Marshall to start the seventh to make it 2-1.


  • Volstad retired the first 10 hitters, before Theriot singled in the fourth.
  • Zambrano had a pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth.
  • Ramirez ran in the outfield before Thursday's game in front of Piniella. Ramirez had an MRI earlier in the day on his strained left calf that didn't show a tear.
  • The Cubs flew minor league infielder Bobby Scales to Chicago from Triple-A Iowa in case Ramirez needed to go on the DL, but then sent the career minor leaguer home.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez missed his third game in a row with a bruised right wrist. Gonzalez said he expected Ramirez to return sometime during the Marlins' four-game series in Chicago.
  • Most of the Wrigley Field press box was following the Bulls triple-overtime victory over Boston, which played on one TV.
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Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla combine to go 4-for-10 with five RBI and two runs.  (US Presswire)
Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla combine to go 4-for-10 with five RBI and two runs. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

J. Cantu
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Bradley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4100110 .269
Cameron Maybin, CF4121010 .209
Jeremy Hermida, LF2100312 .239
Jorge Cantu, 1B5224014 .365
Dan Uggla, 2B5021012 .218
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   c- Wes Helms, PH0100100 .231
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
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c-walked for Pinto in the 10th
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HR - Jorge Cantu (7, Marshall)
SH - Cameron Maybin (2)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (3), Jorge Cantu 4 (22), Dan Uggla (17)
CS - Cameron Maybin (1, 2nd base by Marshall/Hill)
Team LOB - 6
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 11-5, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Dan Meyer 3, Kiko Calero 5, Renyel Pinto 1, Leo Nunez 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000011 .284
Ryan Theriot, SS4020010 .317
Kosuke Fukudome, CF4000013 .338
Derrek Lee, 1B4000022 .189
Milton Bradley, RF3111110 .118
Mike Fontenot, 3B3111000 .232
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SB - Alfonso Soriano (4, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino), Ryan Theriot 2 (5, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino, 2nd base off Calero/Paulino)
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Attendance - 37956
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Brian Knight