Sorta feels like Justin Bour is sending the Chicago Cubs a message at this point.
One day after hitting the second grand slam of his career, Bour turned in a 2 for 4, 3 RBI day to help power the Miami Marlins past the Cubs for a 9-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park. Bour is now 3 for 7 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the series; not bad considering yesterday’s effort raised his career average against them to .136. Even with all the talent on this Cubs roster, there has to be some headshaking going on in the Wrigleyville front office over the decision to leave Bour unprotected in that 2013 Rule 5 draft.
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Giancarlo Stanton was a force as well, chipping in 3 RBIs of his own, including the go- ahead run. After a May that saw him hit 100 points of batting average worse than Adeiny Hechavarria, Stanton is hitting .230 in June and is over .300 for the past week. The Marlins cranked out ten hits in this one, outhitting Chicago for the first time in the series; every Marlins starting position player had a hit, save for Hechavarria. Those position starters included living legend Ichiro Suzuki, who now stands only 16 hits away from joining the 3000 club after an Ichiro-esque infield single in the fifth.
Turning the page to pitching, Paul Clemens earned his first MLB win since 2013, although he did allow 4 ER on 2 HRs. Kyle Barraclough and Nick Wittgren fared much better in relief, and Chicago was held scoreless until they were able to notch runs in the 8th and the 9th off Dustin McGowan. At that point A.J. Ramos stepped in to pick up his 24th save of the season, and the Marlins 40th win of the season. Last year that didn’t happen until nearly two weeks after the All-Star Break.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ichiro Watch: 16 hits away from 3000 thanks to, you guessed it, an infield single.
- Justin Bour hit his 14th HR of the season on a 2 for 4, 3 RBI day.
- That puts him 2 HR and 1 RBI off of sharing the team lead in both categories.
- Bour is hitting .340 in June, with 5 HR and 17 RBIs.
- Paul Clemens earned his first Marlins win, and first MLB win since 2013.
- A.J. Ramos picked up his 24th save, and 33rd straight, tying the team record.
- It was also, at 0.2 IP, his shortest save of the season.
- Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 3, with 3 RBI.
- Fifty-four games after Dee Gordon was suspended, the Marlins finally have a new stolen base leader; Ichiro picked up his seventh bag in the 1st inning.