Hamels pitches 7 innings, Cubs complete sweep with 6-0 win

MIAMI (AP) The Chicago Cubs are starting to look more like themselves.

Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and the Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 6-0 win Wednesday night.

''We obviously know that we need to come in and start winning,'' Hamels said. ''We know we're a good ball club so no matter what team we're playing, let's just go out there and win. If we keep that mentality that's how you start good win streaks. It's just

The Cubs, who won 95 games last season, entered the series with a 5-9 record and outscored the last-place Marlins 17-2 over the three games.

''That's an easy trap,'' said Cubs manager Joe Maddon on discounting the wins against a struggling club. ''It's a major league game and I really want people to understand that it's very difficult to win a Major League Baseball game. It is. Don't ever think that it's something that you can just throw your glove out and there and can do.''

The Marlins have lost nine of 10 and are 4-16 overall.

''This is the lowest point we can reach,'' Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas said. ''We're touching under the water right now.''

Hamels (3-0) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter. He struck out eight while throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

''First of all he's having a really good time out there,'' Maddon said. ''I love that part about him. He's got a joy to play the game of baseball. Plus he swings the bat really well. Beyond that he just attacks, attacks, attacks, and if something goes awry he doesn't change his patterns. He's such a professional.''

Daniel Descalso had two hits and three RBIs, Javier Baez homered and knocked in two, and Jason Heyward also drove in a run for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

''We're playing pretty good right now,'' Baez said. ''When our pitchers and our lineup does the job, there's nobody that can beat us.''

Baez went 8 for 13 with one double, two home runs, six runs scored, and four RBIs in the series.

''He's always in the middle of everything,'' Maddon said. ''He's just on a very similar-looking pace that he had last year. Good for him.''

Hamels retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a lead-off single to Jorge Alfaro in the second.

Martin Prado broke the string with a one-out single in the seventh, which could have ended on a potential double-play. However, third baseman Kris Bryant bobbled the ground ball hit by Brian Anderson and was unable to make a throw. Alfaro singled to left to load the bases.

Hamels got into a 3-0 hole against Starlin Castro, but worked himself out of it with a strike out and got Miguel Rojas to fly out to end the inning unscathed.

''I thought (Castro) would be aggressive with the first two pitches so I was probably trying to be a little too fine,'' Hamels said. ''Once that happens that sort of game plan goes out of the window. I'd rather him get a base hit and earn those RBIs than opposed to giving him the free pass so it's just going out and challenging him.''

Descalso started the scoring for the Cubs with a base hit in the second off Sandy Alcantara (1-2).

The Cubs scored four runs in the third sparked by a two-run double by Descalso. Baez and Heyward also had RBI singles in the inning to take a 5-0 lead.

It was Baez's 500th career hit. Baez added a solo home run, his sixth of the season, to right field in the eighth.

Alcantara allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

''As a team we're not getting it done,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''Pretty much period right there. That's going to have to change.''

BRINSON GIVEN TIME OFF

Marlins slumping center fielder Lewis Brinson, who is hitting .194 with four RBIs in 19 games, was held out of the starting lineup, but did strike out in a pinch-hit appearance. Brinson is mired in a 1-for-22 slump with 13 strikeouts.

''He's really struggling looking at some of the stuff,'' Mattingly said. ''We're doing some stuff with working on just seeing the baseball a little better and knowing exactly what to do up there and then we'll get it going again.''

Brinson is hitting .198 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs in 128 games with the Marlins since being acquired from the Brewers as a key piece in the Christian Yelich trade.

''We still need to be patient,'' Mattingly said. ''We know the talent's there.''

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-3, 5.40 ERA) looks for his first win of the season when he takes the mound on Friday to begin a three-game home series against Arizona.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (1-0, 2.65) opens a three-game series against Washington on Friday.

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  • W: C. Hamels (3-0)L: S. Alcantara (1-2)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist RF-LF40000020.271.379.271.650-1.0
K. Bryant 3B41100020.219.324.344.6681.0
A. Rizzo 1B40000011.159.312.317.629-0.5
J. Baez SS42221020.324.351.635.9868.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41110000.353.444.6081.0523.0
W. Contreras C32100100.319.458.7661.2245.0
D. Descalso 2B30230000.364.429.523.9516.0
a- D. Bote PH-2B10000010.286.375.486.861-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40100020.196.262.375.6370.0
A. Webster P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Almora CF00000000.213.288.213.5010.0
  • a-struck out for Descalso in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Galloway CF40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
M. Prado 1B40100001.382.417.471.8871.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.217.308.333.6411.5
J. Alfaro C40200021.326.367.522.8891.0
S. Castro 2B30000014.216.266.311.577-0.5
M. Rojas SS30000003.286.345.367.7130.0
A. Dean LF20000020.227.217.455.672-1.0
a- C. Granderson PH-LF10000010.149.268.298.566-0.5
R. Herrera RF30000010.143.200.190.390-0.5
S. Alcantara P10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
b- L. Brinson PH10000010.194.242.258.500-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Walker PH10000010.222.288.407.696-0.5
J. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Dean in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Alcantara in the 6th
  • c-struck out for N. Anderson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (3), D. Descalso (4)
  • HR - J. Baez (6)
  • RBI - J. Baez 2 (16), J. Heyward (11), D. Descalso 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez 2 (11), J. Heyward (5), D. Descalso 3 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hamels 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Anderson (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Alfaro, M. Rojas 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Webster-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Bryant (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Dean
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (W, 3-0)7.03000802.770.8532.0
B. Brach1.00000203.521.834.0
A. Webster1.02000102.251.251.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (W, 3-0)7.0
B. Brach1.0
A. Webster1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 1-2)6.07551705.091.483.5
T. Guerrero1.00000100.000.923.5
N. Anderson1.01110112.081.151.5
J. Garcia1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 1-2)6.0
T. Guerrero1.0
N. Anderson1.0
J. Garcia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 97-65, B. Brach 14-9, A. Webster 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-2, B. Brach 1-0, A. Webster 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Brach 3, A. Webster 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 89-56, T. Guerrero 11-6, N. Anderson 15-10, J. Garcia 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-4, T. Guerrero 1-1, N. Anderson 2-0, J. Garcia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 25, T. Guerrero 3, N. Anderson 4, J. Garcia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist RF-LF40000020.271.379.271.650-1.0
K. Bryant 3B41100020.219.324.344.6681.0
A. Rizzo 1B40000011.159.312.317.629-0.5
J. Baez SS42221020.324.351.635.9868.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41110000.353.444.6081.0523.0
W. Contreras C32100100.319.458.7661.2245.0
D. Descalso 2B30230000.364.429.523.9516.0
a- D. Bote PH-2B10000010.286.375.486.861-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40100020.196.262.375.6370.0
A. Webster P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Almora CF00000000.213.288.213.5010.0
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  • a-struck out for Descalso in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Galloway CF40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
M. Prado 1B40100001.382.417.471.8871.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.217.308.333.6411.5
J. Alfaro C40200021.326.367.522.8891.0
S. Castro 2B30000014.216.266.311.577-0.5
M. Rojas SS30000003.286.345.367.7130.0
A. Dean LF20000020.227.217.455.672-1.0
a- C. Granderson PH-LF10000010.149.268.298.566-0.5
R. Herrera RF30000010.143.200.190.390-0.5
S. Alcantara P10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
b- L. Brinson PH10000010.194.242.258.500-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Walker PH10000010.222.288.407.696-0.5
J. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total31050001110-----
  • a-struck out for Dean in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Alcantara in the 6th
  • c-struck out for N. Anderson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (3), D. Descalso (4)
  • HR - J. Baez (6)
  • RBI - J. Baez 2 (16), J. Heyward (11), D. Descalso 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez 2 (11), J. Heyward (5), D. Descalso 3 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hamels 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Anderson (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Alfaro, M. Rojas 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Webster-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Bryant (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Dean
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (W, 3-0)7.03000802.770.8532.0
B. Brach1.00000203.521.834.0
A. Webster1.02000102.251.251.5
Total9.05000110---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (W, 3-0)7.0
B. Brach1.0
A. Webster1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 1-2)6.07551705.091.483.5
T. Guerrero1.00000100.000.923.5
N. Anderson1.01110112.081.151.5
J. Garcia1.00000100.000.003.5
Total9.08661101---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 1-2)6.0
T. Guerrero1.0
N. Anderson1.0
J. Garcia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 97-65, B. Brach 14-9, A. Webster 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-2, B. Brach 1-0, A. Webster 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Brach 3, A. Webster 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 89-56, T. Guerrero 11-6, N. Anderson 15-10, J. Garcia 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-4, T. Guerrero 1-1, N. Anderson 2-0, J. Garcia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 25, T. Guerrero 3, N. Anderson 4, J. Garcia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Baez homered to right center60
  • 3RD INNING
    Descalso doubled to deep left, Heyward and Contreras scored, Descalso out at third50
    Heyward singled to shallow left, Baez scored30
    Baez singled to shallow right, Bryant scored, Baez to second20
  • 2ND INNING
    Descalso singled to shallow left, Contreras scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jarlin Garcia pitching
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras lined out to left
    • David Bote hit for Daniel Descalso
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Allen Webster pitching
    • Albert Almora in center field
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galloway singled to left
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop, Galloway out at second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson doubled to deep right center
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nick Anderson relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez homered to right center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Brach relieved Cole Hamels
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Austin Dean
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
    • Neil Walker hit for Nick Anderson
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • C. Hamels: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hamels lined out to center
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Prado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Prado singled to shallow right
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Anderson safe at first on 3rd baseman Bryant fielding error, Prado to second
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to shallow left, Prado to third, Anderson to second
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Rojas lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras flied out to deep center
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dean struck out swinging
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Lewis Brinson hit for Sandy Alcantara
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • C. Hamels: Ball, Hamels grounded out to first
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Galloway grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado popped out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant singled to shallow left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Rizzo grounded out to pitcher, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez singled to shallow right, Bryant scored, Baez to second
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to shallow left, Baez scored
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked, Heyward to second
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso doubled to deep left, Heyward and Contreras scored, Descalso out at third
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Dean struck out on foul tip
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to first
    • W. Contreras: Contreras doubled to deep left
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Descalso singled to shallow left, Contreras scored
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwarber singled to right, Descalso to third
    • C. Hamels: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamels flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to shallow center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to second, Alfaro out at second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist flied out to deep center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Strike swinging, Foul, Galloway grounded out to second
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Prado grounded out to third
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)