The Miami Marlins saw their offense stay quiet as the Chicago Cubs shut them out 2-0 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
The loss gave Chicago a series win, and Miami only managed a total of two runs in its last two games. The Marlins had a few opportunities to bring a run home, but went 0-3 with runners in scoring position. This followed a day after the Marlins had multiple run-scoring chances.
All five of Miami's hits were singles and none were particularly hard hit. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had one of the hits for Miami, and has his batting average over .300. The hit was only part of what was a productive day for the veteran.
Latos dazzled on the mound, but was tagged with the loss. The right-hander allowed only one hit across his seven innings of work. Latos struck out seven, walked one and allowed a run. That lone score came in the first inning on a wild pitch. Latos had two wild pitches in the game, though one could have easily been called a passed ball.
With Latos' spot due up in the eighth inning, manager Dan Jennings called upon Michael Morse to pinch-hit. Morse was activated from the disabled list before the game, and represented the go-ahead run. The veteran would strike out however and Miami was kept a run down.
Marcell Ozuna's struggles continued with an 0-3 day. The center fielder has a season average of .249, and could be in danger of losing playing time.
The Marlins are off on Monday before opening a two-game series at Fenway Park on Tuesday. On the mound for Miami will be Dan Haren.