Quebecer Charles Leblanc hit two hits and scored a run in the Miami Marlins' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The 26-year-old has hit the trails at least once per game in his first eight major league baseball games.
In the matchup of the day, he hit a single in the second inning and a double three commitments later. Installed at second base, he saw his teammate Jacob Stallings kick the ball out of bounds and produced the first two successes of this duel.
Leblanc was also taken out by defensive plays at his two other at bats in the final game of a three-game series against the Cubs. The Marlins also avoided the sweep by winning.
In total the crowd favorites hit only two hits. Florida club starter Jesus Luzardo (3-4) worked seven innings and passed seven rivals in the mitt. He gave up a hit and a free pass. Endgame specialist Tanner Scott struck out two opponents in the ninth inning for his 15th save of the season.
The backhand went to Adrian Sampson's record ( 0-3). The 30-year-old veteran got the start and stayed on the mound for six innings. In addition to the long ball he gave Stallings, he also allowed Peyton Burdick to stretch his arms.
Leblanc and the Marlins will return to action on Tuesday in Game 1 of a three-way series against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
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