After an embarrassing performance Thursday night, Cubs closer got another opportunity to save today’s game in the 9th inning. Once again, Marmol struggled but this time the Cubs escaped with a victory snapping the Marlins 6 game win streak.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster pitched a terrific 8 scoreless innings allowing just 4 hits while striking out 9. To start off the second half of the season, Cubs starters(Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster) have combined for 15 scoreless innings allowing just 10hits. Unfortunately the great starting pitching has been over shadowed by the struggles of Carlos Marmol.
After Marmol’s 9th inning meltdown on Thursday night, Quade decided to give him another chance after talking it over with the rest of the coaching staff. Quade stated before the game “We need him,” manager Mike Quade said. “When you talk about the bullpen, he’s a pretty big part.”
Marmol again entered the 9th inning Friday with a 2-0 lead. Quade’s decision to give Marmol the ball in the 9th soon backfired. Marmol started off the inning by walking Omar Infante on just 4 pitches. Then Cubs centerfielder Marylon Byrd came to Marmol’s rescue by throwing out Hanley Ramirez, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. The next hitter for the Marlins, Logan Morrison, lined a basehit to right scoring Infante and making the score 2-1. Quade immediately pulled Marmol out of the game and put in lefty Sean Marshall. Marshall struck out the final batter to end the game and give the Cubs their first win of the second half.
The Cubs only 2 runs on the day were scored when Marlins 2nd baseman, Omar Infante miss played Soriano’s pop fly. Carlos Pena and Byrd scored on the play.
Cubs try to make it 2 in a row against the Marlins satruday afternoon. Carlos Zambrano will be making his first start since being placed on the DL, July 1st.