9/2 Marmol: “It’s a bad day today”
Carlos Marmol had given up one earned run in the month of August but the National League West leading Giants were able to double that in one inning. Angel Pagan hit a tie-breaking RBI single with one out in the ninth inning to power the Giants to a 7-5 victory over Marmol and the Cubs Sunday, and take the series.
“You’re not going to be perfect all year long,” Marmol said. “A couple walks, a couple base hits. Tomorrow’s a new day. I’ll try to get the save tomorrow. I call it a bad day today.”
With the game tied at 5 in the Giants’ ninth against Marmol (2-3), Xavier Nady walked and was lifted for pinch-runner Gregor Blanco. Marmol then struck out Brandon Belt on three pitches, and Blanco stole second during Brandon Crawford’s at-bat. But Crawford walked, and Pagan smacked a single to center. Marco Scutaro followed with another RBI single. Marmol, who lost the closer’s job earlier this year, had converted his last 16 save opportunities. Sunday was not a save situation.
“Since he’s been back in the closer’s role, he’s been as good as anybody in baseball, if not the best in that stretch,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s not going to be perfect all the time, and today didn’t go his way, or our way, too. That’s a first-place team battling, great at-bats, and putting some hits together, a leadoff walk. That’s a championship first-place club.”
— Carrie Muskat