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Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

Kerry Wood AP

Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals.

It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth. Werth’s walk with the bases loaded proved to be the equalizer, denying Ryan Dempster a chance at a victory after a strong outing.

The Cubs have themselves pretty good rotation depth and a lineup without any huge holes, but the bullpen could be a disaster. Closer Carlos Marmol was a mess last year and he gave up seven runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring. Wood is bound to get hurt at some point. Right now, their other four relievers are James Russell, Rafael Dolis, Shawn Camp (who failed to make the Mariners this spring) and Lendy Castillo (a Rule 5 pick from the Phillies who has only been pitching for two years). It’s easy to envision them losing a lot of games late this year.

Update: Marmol ended up taking the loss in this one, though incredibly enough, no walks were involved. With two outs in the ninth, Marmol gave up a shot to right that David DeJesus got all turned around on, resulting in a double for Chad Tracy. Ian Desmond went on to single him in, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead they were able to hold on to (barely) in the bottom of the ninth.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Speaking of Marmol, he gave up the go ahead run too

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    What a day for (ex) Yankee relievers- they do it all!

  3. diehardcubbiefan4life - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Carlos Marmol also did his best Carlos Marmol. SMH…

  4. ccad05 - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Gonna be a lot of that this year. Brace yourselves fellow cubs fans.

  5. kingdavid56 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    It was a great game from Dempster 10k only 2 hits I think.

  6. dcfan4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Watched this game, and boy did Dempster shut down the Nationals. But Zimmerman had 2 home runs taken away by a strong in wind and Tracy had 1. The Cubs had 2 home runs lost as well. The score was low, the base hits were low, but on a normal day, this would have been a 5-3 game.

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      Oh yea. I remember that jack by Sori…woulda put us up by 2, but it ended up dying in center

  7. hoopmatch - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    So much for Marmol aid.

  8. cubear34 - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Wood had some pitches that were strikes called balls. I say this because those same pitches were called strikes on the cubs in the bottom of the inning. Both wood and dempster got screwed on this one. Marmol, he just plain sucks.

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