It was a tale of 2 Carlos’ in the Cubs 5-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Friday.
Carlos Zambrano became the 2nd Cubs pitcher to go 6 innings as he followed Tom Gorzelanny’s lead from Thursday. Big Z gave up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 6. He was in command of all of his pitches and it was great to see him pitch 6 strong innings. He lowered his spring training ERA down to 3.15.
James Russell and Jeff Samardzija each pitched scoreless innings in relief, but it was Carlos Marmol who struggled for the second consecutive day. He gave up another home run, this time a 3-run shot to Travis Buck that broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 9th inning. Manager Lou Pinella was not pleased with Marmol’s form – “His mechanics are off. What he’s doing is showing the ball to the hitter quicker and he’s losing that nice depth on his breaking ball.” Pinella believes that Marmol is throwing too much from the side instead of over the top, and that that is leading to the ball not snapping on each pitch. He is confident, however, that Marmol and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will be able to fine tune his motion before the start of the 2010 MLB schedule.
We’ll keep you posted…