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A No-Hitter in the Organization and Other Bullets

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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.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.