CHICAGO — All of the optimism of a beautiful afternoon at Friendly Confines could be found in the Cubs’ battery on Friday.
The fast-blooming starting pitcher is off to a strong start to 2023, with the catcher making his first major league game. Both were able to get off to strong starts with the Cubs heading into the homestand.
Justin Steele’s pitching and catcher Matt Marvis’ insurance hit gave the home team a 4-1 victory over the Marlins on Friday afternoon. It snapped a two-game losing streak to begin a six-game stretch at Wrigley Field as the Cubs leveled the record at 16–16.
Steele’s seventh outing of the year was again of quality as the pitcher allowed just one earned run on six hits through seven innings. He scattered six hits while striking out four batters without a walk on 86 pitches to improve his record to 4–0 for the season.
It was the 14th straight game Steele allowed two or fewer earned runs in a start, the longest since Jake Arrieta allowed the same number of earned runs from July 30, 2015 to April 4, 2016.
Officially called up to the club on Friday morning and starting at catcher, Marvis hit his first major league hit in the eighth inning, giving the club insurance. The Tanner Scott-centric single brought home Cody Bellinger and gave the Cubs a little breather room heading into No. 9.
Mark Leiter Jr. finished in the ninth inning with his first save of the 2023 season.
Seiya Suzuki gave the Cubs an early lead on a first inning single that made Nico Horner 1–0. Ian Happ hit his fourth home run of the year in the fifth, his two-hit run to right center field, and a 423-foot shot.
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