Manager Lou Pinella has quickly learned 1 thing about Carlos Marmol – he does not pitch well in non-save situations. And let’s face it – a lot of closers are like this because of the lack of mental focus. Carlos Marmol’s control problems in the 9th inning wasted a valiant Cubs comeback.
Trailing 5-0, the Cubs rallied for 3 runs in the 6th inning on an Aramis Ramiez single, a Geovany Soto double and a Bobby Scales sacrifice fly. And with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, Geovany Soto’s double to deep center field plated Kosuke Fukodome and Derrek Lee to tie the game at 5. But when 3rd base coach Mike Quade sent Ramirez home to try to score the go-ahead run, but he was thrown out at the plate.
Then came Marmol’s disastrous 9th inning – 2 walks to start off the inning and then a 2-run double to right field by pinch hitter Drew Sutton that gave the Reds the 7-5 win over the Reds.
Randy Wells had a rare bad start –
The Cubs try to win the series on Sunday with Ted Lilly on the mound…