7/14 Marmol still Cubs closer
Carlos Marmol couldn’t get his control of his slider Thursday night in the ninth against the Marlins, and it showed. The Cubs closer walked four and gave up one hit and all five runners scored in a six-run ninth as the Marlins posted a 6-3 come from behind win.
“That was pretty bad,” Mike Quade said. “That was as bad as I’ve seen him. Still, you feel he has a chance to pull it together but not tonight.
“We’ve got to find a way to finish a game like that,” he said. “Marm’s the guy, and has been the guy and needs to be the guy. He’ll be better.”
“I couldn’t throw strikes,” said Marmol, who threw 25 pitches, seven for strikes. “When you don’t throw strikes, you don’t get people out.”
He didn’t use the All-Star break as an excuse.
“I don’t make excuses,” Marmol said. “I couldn’t throw strikes.”
This is the first time Marmol has walked four batters in an outing since July 17, 2010, vs. the Phillies. The five runs are the most off him since he gave up six May 31 against the Astros. It’s the sixth time he’s failed to record an out and second time this season.
Would Quade contemplate using someone else as the Cubs closer?
“Not right now,” Quade said. “You take something like this and try to figure out how to fix it. We’re not going to be any good without [Marmol, Kerry Wood and Sean Marshall]. This is not the time or place to be making all sorts of bold statements about changes. We have to figure [Marmol] out and get him right.”
– Carrie Muskat