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Bullpen falters
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Marlins 3, Cubs 2
Geovany Soto (right) rounds the bases after homering in the second inning. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Bullpen problems caught up with the Cubs on Friday, as Jeff Samardzija suffered a blown save in his Major League debut and co-closer du jour Bob Howry gave up a decisive home run in the ninth innning.
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Series at a glance:
FLA
Florida (54-49)
Won 1
Florida 3, Chi Cubs 2   CHC
Chi Cubs (60-43)
Lost 1
July 25, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Florida
0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   3 6 0
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 10 0
Standings thru 7/25/08  |  Recap: FLA | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Marlins stats  |  Cubs stats
FloridaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ramirez, H, SS5120000.300
Gonzalez, RF2010201.262
  Waechter, P0000000.167
  Pinto, P0000000.000
  Miller, Ju, P0000000.000
  c-Baker, PH-C1000001.176
Cantu, 3B-1B4011113.294
Jacobs, 1B3000113.241
  Gregg, P0000000.000
Uggla, 2B3100013.267
Willingham, LF3011100.267
Ross, CF-RF-CF3000111.257
Hoover, C3000032.205
  b-Hermida, PH-RF1111000.255
Johnson, P2000001.143
  Nelson, P0000000.000
  a-Amezaga, PH-CF-3B2000010.277
Totals323636815 

a-Struck out for Nelson in the 7th. b-Homered for Hoover in the 9th. c-Lined out for Miller, Ju in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Gonzalez (17, Dempster), Willingham (10, Dempster), Cantu (25, Samardzija), Ramirez, H (22, Howry).
HR: Hermida (13, 9th inning off Howry, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Ramirez, H 3; Gonzalez 2; Cantu 2; Willingham 2; Hermida 4.
RBI: Willingham (26), Cantu (59), Hermida (45).
2-out RBI: Cantu.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs 2; Johnson; Uggla 2; Cantu.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ramirez, H (24, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto).
CS: Willingham (1, 2nd base by Dempster/Soto).

FIELDING
PB: Hoover (2).
Outfield assists: Willingham (Soriano at home).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF5010012.280
Theriot, SS4020110.323
Lee, 1B5010011.296
Ramirez, A, 3B4000120.267
Fukudome, RF3000122.275
Soto, C3111110.274
Fontenot, 2B3010012.277
  b-Cedeno, PH-2B1010000.271
Johnson, CF3121111.285
Dempster, P2000002.146
  a-Ward, PH1000013.254
  Samardzija, P0000000.000
  c-Edmonds, PH1010000.241
  1-Marquis, PR0000000.162
  Howry, P0000000.000
Totals35210251113 

a-Struck out for Dempster in the 6th. b-Singled for Fontenot in the 8th. c-Doubled for Samardzija in the 8th.
1-Ran for Edmonds in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Edmonds (12, Miller, Ju).
HR: Soto (17, 2nd inning off Johnson, 0 on, 2 out), Johnson (5, 5th inning off Johnson, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Soriano; Theriot 2; Lee; Soto 4; Fontenot; Cedeno; Johnson 5; Edmonds 2.
RBI: Soto (58), Johnson (37).
2-out RBI: Soto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dempster; Ward 2; Fukudome 2; Soriano 2.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
CS: Theriot (10, 2nd base by Johnson/Hoover).

 
FloridaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnson 5.17223823.71
Nelson 0.20001101.35
Waechter 0.21001003.25
Pinto 0.21000102.72
Miller, Ju (W, 3-2)0.21000104.50
Gregg (S, 21)1.00000002.44
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dempster 6.02116602.99
Samardzija (BS, 1)2.02110204.50
Howry (L, 3-4)1.02110015.22

HBP: Uggla (by Dempster).
Pitches-strikes: Johnson 90-55, Nelson 15-10, Waechter 14-8, Pinto 14-8, Miller, Ju 9-8, Gregg 9-7, Dempster 110-68, Samardzija 31-23, Howry 26-18.
Ground outs-fly outs: Johnson 3-3, Nelson 1-0, Waechter 2-0, Pinto 0-1, Miller, Ju 0-1, Gregg 2-1, Dempster 7-4, Samardzija 1-3, Howry 0-3.
Batters faced: Johnson 24, Nelson 3, Waechter 4, Pinto 3, Miller, Ju 3, Gregg 3, Dempster 26, Samardzija 8, Howry 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Nelson 2-0, Pinto 2-0, Miller, Ju 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:11.
Att: 41,570.
July 25, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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