MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins did not score after the third inning. They didn't need to, thanks to a big effort by their bullpen.
With an early lead, starter Ricky Nolasco settled down and five relievers combined to throw 3 2-3 perfect innings that finished a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 5-3 win Thursday and sent Chicago to its fifth straight loss.
"Every championship team has a great bullpen and I think we do," said Marlins closer Heath Bell, who recorded his second save in four opportunities.
Greg Dobbs hit a two-run double for Miami, which has won five of six. Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison each had two hits and Emilio Bonifacio stole two bases.
"Right now they are putting it together," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
An announced attendance of 23,168 saw the Marlins complete their first home series sweep against the Cubs since September 2007 and improve to 5-2 in their new ballpark.
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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is preparing for his second season in the NFL, one in which he'll be running an entirely new offense, with a tried-and-true method of learning: flashcards.
“Quarterback play is how fast you can process,” Trubisky told the Chicago Sun-Times. “A lot of that is recollection. That’s exactly what flash cards are.
"You’re trying to learn and memorize, and to try to forget what you did in the past.”
Coach Matt Nagy is attempting to install an offense that took five years to master in Kansas City in his first offseason in Chicago. Its success or failure will circle directly back to how well Trubisky operates within its structure.
Despite its complexity, Trubisky feels more comfortable in Nagy's system than the one Dowell Loggains ran last season.
“It’s more complex, but it’s easier [to execute], as opposed to simpler but more difficult.
"That’s how I would describe it last year. Last year, there were probably less words, but they didn’t necessarily fit together. Or it was just more difficult to process. This year, it’s more complex but it’s easier to execute and memorize and remember because everything builds on something. You start with a base concept, and it gets more and more complicated.”
Trubisky's comments illustrate what makes Nagy a potentially special offensive coach. He's making a normally difficult process seem easy, and that's the kind of environment that will facilitate learning and execution.
“It’s just crazy to see. I feel like that’s how it should be done, because it’s a more advanced offense, but we were able to pick it up so quickly over the summer because of how they taught it. And how everything fits together."