Lou: 'Gregg is still our closer'
Carlos Marmol may have gotten the save Saturday night, but Kevin Gregg is still the Cubs’ closer. This week in Houston, Lou Piniella explained that he couldn’t afford to get both Gregg and Marmol up in the pen if he wasn’t going to use both pitchers. On Saturday, he had Marmol warm up just in case the Cubs rallied — and they did, taking the lead on Alfonso Soriano’s two-run homer in the ninth.
Marmol picked up his first save, ending the game with Prince Fielder looking at strike three.
“Gregg is still our closer,” Piniella said after the game. “I can’t get them both up [in the bullpen]. I said that the other night in Houston. I can’t afford to get them both up because I lose [both of] them. We got Marmol up just in case we tied or went ahead and that was the end of it.
“I said when the season started there will be opportunities for both of them,” Piniella said, “but believe me, tomorrow, if we get into a similar situation, Gregg will be the closer.”
– Carrie Muskat