Carlos Marmol’s walk-off wild pitch yesterday didn’t make me nearly as mad as his failure to pay any attention at all to Jayson Werth on second base. Werth stole third without a throw on Marmol’s first pitch. Marmol later admitted he was focused solely on the batter. That ain’t good when the winning run is standing 60 feet behind you, and it’s a guy who already had nine steals on the year.

  • Marcos Mateo will have an MRI on his right elbow today in Chicago. He shook his hand awkwardly after a 10th inning pitch yesterday, and everyone knew something wasn’t quite right. Mike Quade, for what it’s worth, has sounded less than optimistic about the situation.
  • Twenty-one-year-old, A-ball pitcher Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter last night, striking out 10 and walking two. He was a legit prospect long before this outing, but this should really put the lefty on your radar. Kirk was the Cubs’ third round pick in 2009.
  • Carlos Pena says he would gladly accept an invite to the Home Run Derby because it’s a “blast,” which I assume is just Pena being a genuinely excited guy, and not a clever pun. I’m very much hoping he’s invited – the Derby is already one of the more fun All-Star events, and the participation of a Cub only makes it better.
  • Albert Pujols is a machine/a freak/cheating. Once expected to be out until August with his broken arm, he’ll now be back any day now. Why do Cub injury surprises only go in the other direction?
  • Carlos Zambrano is heading to¬†Guatemala¬†this weekend to adopt a two-year old boy, whom he has known for a year and a half. The boy will be the fourth child in the Zambrano family, and the first boy.
  • Michigan Goat

    F-in voodo magic… Guess he really is a machine.

    • Toosh

      Juice runs the machine.

    • wax_eagle

      He was only on the DL while his arm was reforged. He must have paid extra to get a rush job.

      • wax_eagle

        You would think he would keep a spare around for just such an occasion….

  • jstraw

    66 feet, nine inches…but who’s counting.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Since we’re striving for accuracy, it’s 66′-9 3/8″ from the front of the pitching rubber to the center of second base.

      • jstraw

        My hat’s off to you, sir.

      • Michigan Goat

        Maybe TWC is the machine behind the machine

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Which is precisely why I went with the generic “60 feet.”

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          And here I thought BN was the apex and apogee of accuracy!

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Nope. All estimates and pontification.

            • Michigan Goat

              Topped off with the sweet drool of idiocy.

              • jstraw

                derp?

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  Now who’s 4channing?

  • RY34

    Finally some good news about the cubs; lord knows the major league team doesn’t provide any.

  • Tyler

    Austin Kirk is not 19 he is 21 years old but he still is a very good pitching prospect for the Cubs, plus he is a lefty which is even better.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Tyler. Biff on my part. Fixed.

  • Ron

    Let’s hope he stays in the minors so Quade and riggins dont invite gods wrath on him also.

  • Rev. Bud Green

    There is no God.

    • RoughRiider

      Yes there is, and he’s watching everything you do.