5/7 Marmol: “I need to pitch good”
Carlos Marmol made it interesting in the eighth inning Monday. He walked the first two batters he faced but was able to retire the Braves’ 3-4-5 hitters and escape. Manager Dale Sveum was encouraged as Marmol hit 96 mph on the radar gun. He also recognized that he needed to switch from his slider to his fastball.
“It was nice that he came back and started throwing fastballs for strikes,” Sveum said of Marmol, who struck out both Brian McCann and Dan Uggla.
As Marmol walked off the field, he was beating his chest with his fist and yelling. Maybe he’s got his swagger back?
“You sure hope so,” Sveum said. “I never said he wasn’t going to close again. I told him to always be ready to pitch and fight his way back to get his spot again to close ballgames.”
Marmol didn’t translate what he was saying as he came off the mound but admitted he was excited. How did he stay focused after walking the first two batters?
“Not listen to the fans,” Marmol said, smiling. “You know what? [Hearing the boos] made me go. I knew I needed to do better and throw strikes.”
Marmol wants his job back.
“I need to pitch good — that’s what I need to do,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat