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Carlos Marmol blows another one

Aug 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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If there’s a safe save situation in baseball, it’s the three-run lead over the Houston Astros to start the ninth inning.  Just don’t tell that to Carlos Marmol, because he blew that exact situation in spectacular fashion last night.

After getting the first out, he gave up a single to J.B. Shuck and then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Shuck to take second.  Clint Barmes then came up and singled and Marmol walked Matt Downs to load the bases. Marmol then got Brian Bogusevic into an 0-2 hole before serving up a pitch that was deposited deep to left center for the walkoff grand slam.

Marmol has blown eight saves this year, but he had been 10 for 10 since his demotion and subsequent reinstatement to the closer’s role.

Sean Marshall anyone?

  1. Jonny 5 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    I think there are two words too many in the title.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      Yeah, it should totally just say “Blows Another One”….and then every comment should say “That’s what she said, Craig.”

      • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        “Mr Calcaterra sir, you seem to have a knife sticking out of your back, you should have that checked out…”

    • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      Hilarious. I suspect that pine snake was really a wood sprite who came to bless you with a special laconic eloquence all your own, Midsummer Night’s Dream style. Did you hear the ethereal tinkling while it was oscillating its tail?

      I always thought marmol sounded some sort of gooey, dulce de leche-coated grease fried dough stick eaten with gut-rotting Latino coffee sludge by cane cutters during their afternoon break up by the former Lake Okeechobee. You know, the same way these guys gulp the stuff with their alpha whores (cookies versus pie?) in Belle Glade or Clewiston. It’s all recreational.

      • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        Maybe it’s Pablo Marmol who’s pitching instead of Carlos…

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

        I’ll have a marmol please, hold the coffee.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        You know, I was thinking that that must have been in my dreams, I wonder if the 10″ diameter mushroom I had to pick for a nice photo opportunity left some residue on me or that snake was really talking to me?

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Heh, that guy makes news for blowing saves b/c he does so in such spectacular fashion. Well, that and b/c he’s doing it more often this year. Marshall as an alternative though? Not so sure. He blew one pretty quickly after taking over when Marmol was demoted. Although that may not be his fault. I think it might just be in the fabric of the Cubbie blue. I distinctly remember hating watching the Dumpster for years while he blew saves at Wrigley before they made him the starter. Howry was shitty too. I can’t recall a good closer for the Cubs in the last 15 years actually.

    • Alex K - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Marmol was really good last year.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        True, he did break a K per 9 record of some sort. When he’s on, he’s one of the better closers, but closers gotta be consistent. He ain’t that this year.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

        How many relievers are actually consistent from season to season, though? Starters and position players get more time in a season to let the noise die down.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Not many, Kevin. Not many. That’s why the best of the best are, well, the best. Here’s the coolest chart ever for just that topic…which I may have pulled from this site awhile back…Rivera is f’ing nasty.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        I’ve seen that before, and it’s awesome.

        Being a Yankee fan comes with a lot of shit-talking from the other fan bases, and a lot of it you just have to put up with. But watching Rivera work his magic for the past sixteen years is something special that nobody can disparage.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Yeah, for all of Marmol’s blown saves, he’s actually only third in the Cubs’ pen in Meltdowns, behind Wood and Marshall.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        Only because Gregg only lasted one season.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        Meaning he’d otherwise be fourth?

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM


  3. streatordave - Aug 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Why oh why oh why didn’t ANYBODY go to the mound?
    I put this loss a bit more on Quade then Marmol.
    We have seen this before.
    Marmol had worked himself up so he had lost what little concentration he had.

  4. greggatx - Aug 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    We needed that one! What a season 😦 Go Astros!!

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