Cishek sent to minors after Marlins lose to Cubs 5-1
MIAMI (AP) — The list of culprits is long in a season gone wrong for the Miami Marlins. Reliever Steve Cishek was demoted to the minors following Monday’s loss, and he didn’t even pitch.
The Marlins struck out 13 times and lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-1. Afterward, Cishek was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
Cishek lost the closer’s job two weeks ago and is 1-5 with a 6.98 ERA in 19 games.
“We want to take him out of the spotlight of the major leagues and let him work on some mechanical things,” manager Dan Jennings said.
Cishek was hardly the problem against Jason Hammel, who had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.
With his start pushed back because of a cracked finger nail and a rainout, Hammel (4-2) pitched for the first time in eight days, and he seemed to benefit from the extra rest. He allowed one run, five hits and no walks.
“He just made his pitches,” said Christian Yelich, who managed one of Miami’s six hits. “He was mixing it up and getting outs.”
Hammel threw 117 pitches, his highest total since 2009. All of his strikeouts were swinging.
“I’m not really trying to strike guys out,” he said. “I didn’t know I was striking that many out tonight. And I didn’t know I had thrown that many pitches. I was just grooving.”
Hammel began the year with a career ERA of 4.60. This season he’s at 2.82, with 69 strikeouts and seven walks.
“When I’m missing, my misses are better,” he said. “That’s about it. When I’ve made mistakes this year, it hasn’t hurt me.”
The Cubs, who had scored only 13 runs in their previous seven games, showed a little offensive life with eight hits. Starlin Castro hit his fourth homer, and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had an RBI double.
The Marlins fell to 4-10 under Jennings.
Jose Urena (0-2), making his second major league start, improved on his rocky debut but allowed three runs in six innings. He settled down after the Cubs scored twice in the first.
“They attacked my fastball early, and that cost me,” Urena said through a translator. “I was able to make an adjustment and use my curveball and changeup.”
The Cubs’ first three batters reached in the opening inning. Rizzo doubled home a run, and another scored on Jorge Soler’s groundout.
Addison Russell’s two-out RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0.
Sloppiness by the Cubs helped the Marlins score their only run in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton singled, took second on a wild pitch, stole third and continued home when catcher Miguel Montero’s errant throw sailed into left field.
Shortstop Castro made a diving catch to rob major league batting leader Dee Gordon of a hit. Gordon went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .370.
Marlins: SS Adeiny Hechavarria missed his third straight game because of a sore left shoulder. He will likely be back in the lineup Tuesday, Jennings said.
Marlins: Among active pitchers, Miami LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 4.50) has the worst record in the majors as a starter with at least 20 decisions, according to STATS. He’s 4-18 in 32 career starts with an ERA of 4.45 heading into Tuesday’s start against the Cubs. Hand pitched five shutout innings but received no decision in his only start this year.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.76) is scheduled to start for Chicago.