Fernandez (12-6) allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings, losing consecutive starts for the first time since his 2013 rookie season.
”This may sound funny, but I felt strong today,” Fernandez said. ”I was making good pitches. This is a good team.”
Fowler was his nemesis. He led off the first with a triple and scored on catcher Willson Contreras’ single. Batting Contreras second worked for Maddon, as Fowler and Contreras had consecutive hits again in the third to produce another run.
”He was involved in almost everything tonight,” Maddon said of Fowler.
The center fielder added an RBI single in the fifth off Fernandez, who fanned eight and took over the major league lead with 192 strikeouts.
Adeiny Hechavarria and J.T. Realmuto each hit an RBI single in the seventh off Strop, who also committed a throwing error. Travis Wood replaced him and Chris Coghlan’s diving catch of Christian Yelich’s looping liner to left field with two on ended the threat.
Former Cubs closer Hector Rondon picked off pinch-runner Dee Gordon from first in a scoreless eighth.
Then Chapman entered and used his blazing fastball to strike out one and earn his second save in three tries since being acquired from the Yankees.
”It’s coming out hot, but it’s easy when you have that kind of guy throwing a fastball straight,” Contreras said. ”It’s harder when you have 97 (mph) with sink. But I mean, it’s unbelievable.”
Ichiro Suzuki struck out pinch-hitting for Fernandez in the seventh, leaving him at 2,998 hits. Suzuki is expected to start Wednesday’s series finale against RHP John Lackey. Suzuki’s 37 hits against Lackey are his most off any pitcher.
Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (ankle) went 0 for 3 for Triple-A New Orleans was expected to play one more minor league rehab game Wednesday before returning Friday at Colorado.
Cubs: Second-year slugger Kris Bryant wasn’t in the lineup. ”It didn’t matter who was pitching today as long as he was right-handed,” Maddon said. ”I wanted to give him the day off.”
Not only did new Cubs reliever Joe Smith go from the struggling Los Angeles Angels to a contender, he’s now just a short flight or 4 1/2-hour drive from his ailing mother in Cincinnati. Lee Smith, 56, is battling Huntington’s disease, an inherited, fatal disorder that causes cognitive and physical impairment.
”It’s nice,” Joe Smith said. ”Traveling is hard and those flights take a lot out of her.”
RHP Spencer Patton was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Smith, acquired Monday.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said RHP David Phelps will move into the rotation and start Friday against the Rockies. He’ll replace RHP Colin Rea, who was traded back to San Diego on Monday.
Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (8-8, 4.18 ERA) returns from a pectoral injury and faces Lackey (8-7, 3.69) to close the season series.
The 2016 Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed. For a while, it looked as though the deadline might be quiet this season, but all hell broke loose in the final minutes. The Milwaukee Brewers found a taker for Jonathan Lucroy, the Chicago White Sox held on to Chris Sale and the New York Yankees continued to sell.
That was just a taste of the action. Overall, 18 deals were made on the final day. To read about every single one of them, go here.
If you would prefer the cliff notes version, you’ve come to the right place. We live in a society where everything is instantaneous. The MLB trade deadline is not exempt to that. So while many of these trades are still just hours old, we here at The Stew have already declared our winners and losers of the deadline.
Keep in mind, none of the players involved in these trades have played a single game for their new clubs yet. Some won’t even make an impact until years down the road. That won’t stop us from bringing you the hot takes.
Without further ado, here are the winners and losers of the 2016 MLB trade deadline.
The Rangers were an obvious winner on deadline day. The 39-year-old Carlos Beltran is well past his prime, but he’s been effective this season. He owns a .304/.344/.546 slash line, with 22 home runs, over 387 plate appearances. By comparison, Rangers’ designated hitters have “hit” just .205/.285/.331, with nine home runs, this year.