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Carlos Marmol blows save, gives Cardinals new life in Wild Card race

Sep 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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The Cardinals really need to take Carlos Marmol out for a steak dinner.

After being held scoreless over the first eight innings this afternoon, the Cardinals were handed two runs in the bottom of the ninth as part of a dramatic 2-1 win over the Cubs.

In another one of his trademark implosions, Marmol walked Ryan Theriot with the bases loaded to force in the tying run and then uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop which allowed pinch-runner Adron Chambers to score with the winning run. Marmol walked three and threw just 13 out of 30 pitches in the inning and now has a major-league worst 10 blown saves this season.

The Braves lost to the Nationals 4-1 this afternoon, so their lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card is down to two games with four games remaining.

  1. quintjs - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Further proof the Cardinals would be the Astros without Ryan Theriot…

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 25, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      because he walked?

      • paperlions - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        Please turn on your sarcasm filters. Thank you, Mgmt.

  2. 40thstreetblack - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    I can’t possibly see how they bring this guy back next year, he’s cost the Cubs too many victories this season.

    • polnika - Sep 24, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      I would say the manager cost the Cubs the game,,,,Marmol loses it FAST and the manager just left him in…he has done that ALL year…..
      The Cubs will go NOWHERE as long as Quade is running the team. He made the comment Marmol needs the team to be in a hitting mode so they will swing at his pitches….will he 1st has to pitch the ball near the plate…and you could see he was not doing that…..Quade earlier in the year pitched to Albert back to back walk off Grand Slams….in both game the Cub were winning and. If he would have walked him they would have only scored 1 run ….when he hit the Grand Slam the 1st night Quade said I learned my lesson not to pitch to him again….hmmm the next night again the Cubs had a good lead so walking Albert would not hurt their lead…but NO he decided to pitch to him and again they lost the game Quade has to be the 1st to go. Then work on the players . They need to clean hose big time.

  3. natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Nats 4, Braves 1.

    *Somewhere in Greater Columbus, Ohio, a flask of bourbon is opened…*

  4. mossholder - Sep 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    I love marmol but I’m worried he’s becoming the next rich hill. Marmol has Mariano Rivera potential but he just can’t seem to make that next step. I hope when Sandburg is our manager next year things will be different.

    • killabri - Sep 25, 2011 at 1:30 AM

      Rivera potential?!? Wow man, I’ll take whatever you’re drinking or smoking. Rivera never lets the runners on base that Marmol walks and wild pitches in. Keep dreaming, pal.

      And when Ryne Sandberg (you think you could at least spell the name of one of your living legends right) is your manager next season, the same things will happen: Overpaid players will continue to suck, and Alfonso Soriano will continue to bitch about batting 7th. Finally, Carlos Marmol will continue to blow games because of his own lack of control.

      I am a Rays fan. I’ve seen Mariano Rivera pitch in person many, many times in St. Pete, usually kicking our ass. Do NOT in any way compare Carlos “Clown” Marmol to the great Rivera.

  5. stlducks - Sep 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Marmol has Rivera potentional? Come on man really?

    • cintiphil - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      The two names do not belong in the same sentence.

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