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Matt Garza started off the second half with a phenomenal start. He wasn’t very economical with his pitches, but he had some good stuff, struck out plenty, and didn’t let anyone score. That’s plenty good for me.

Marlon Byrd went deep for the first time since he’s been back, and Geovany Soto had himself another good night, going 4-4. All was well heading into the 9th, with the Cubs blissfully up 2-0.

And then Carlos Marmol happened. He walked the bases loaded on just 13 pitches, and, with Mike Quade sitting on his hands, Carlos found the strike zone just long enough to give up a bases-clearing double. I would have been more upset of the Cubs weren’t simply following the script.

  • deej34

    Please god trade Marmol now before he has ZERO trade value left…. I cannot believe this anymore….

  • ry

    Just when you think this piece of shit team cannot get any worse, they do. Can we just end the season now; they can all go home and just forfeit the rest of the season. For once, Quade cannot get one ounce of blame for this loss. How the hell does a major league pitcher walk four out of five guys; pitching like a wussbag that is how. Screw you Marmol, you are shit just like most of the rest of them. The frustration cup has exploded over for this fan!

    • Joe

      Quade should’ve pulled Marmol a lot earlier than AFTER he gave up the lead.

      • Joe

        I really don’t blame Marmol on this one. You would have to think that either the manager or the pitching coach would notice that their closer has been having serious control issues.

    • Dan0mite

      Quade can get plenty of blame. When you watch your pitcher miss repeatedly and badly to the point where he has walked the bases loaded, you need to get his ass out of the game. Have that bull pen going half way through the second walk, Marmol clearly didn’t have it. To let him try to find it and get out of it with a two run lead is terrible.

      • Joe

        EXACTLY!!! That’s pretty much what I said down below.

    • MichiganGoat

      It’s easy to tell if Marmol is off and should be pulled. If he walks one batter he doesn’t have it and needs to be pulled. Do you understand Quade? If he walks one batter, PULL HIM!

      • Joe

        When he has already walked one, is about to walk another, has only thrown 1 strike, and his control isn’t getting better, then yes, he does need to be pulled.

      • jstraw

        Uhh…no.

        • Joe

          Then when would you have pulled him? After a third walk? After he gave up the double? It’s too late then. At the very least, Quade needed to have someone up in the bullpen when the second guy was about to be walked. That way he has a way out other than leaving Marmol in until someone is ready.

          • jstraw

            I’d have had someone up when the second batter had a 2-0 count.

  • Kyle N

    Ouch. That is all I say about this game, and the season. One word. . . Ouch.

  • ry

    If I was Matt Garza, I would take a f-ing bat to marmol.

    • Hogie

      Third time isn’t it?

  • Joe

    The ninth inning was really hard to watch. I blame Mike Quade on letting that inning get so out of control (hehe… accidental pun…). Quade knows that Marmol has had control issues and sat there and waited until the third guy got walked to start up the bullpen. If I had been in his position, I would’ve started the bullpen up after Marmol got to 3 balls on the second batter. That way, whenever he walked the third guy, we could go to the bullpen and have a much better chance at NOT giving up a 3-run double to Dobbs. We absolutely could’ve won this game if we had a better manager. I’m not saying it was all his fault (Soto/Barney play at the plate could’ve kept it to a 2-run double) but he could’ve done a lot better than he did. It looked like had no idea what he was doing.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    I agree with RY..if I was Garza I would be beating the shit out of Marmol.. What happened with the marmol of last year..he’s definately needs to work on his mechanics..I watched him pitch to Dobbs ..he didn’t mix his pitches at all..he threw Dobbs like 8 straight sliders geez.. And then hung one

    • Joe

      The 8 sliders in a row were due to the fact that his fastball was nowhere NEAR the plate.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Iam watching the Padres play..they don’t even have half the talent the Cubs have yet are playing decent..I just don’t get this team

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Cubs should trade Marmol for Bell

    • Joe

      That’d be awesome.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah that could happen. Here my unjournalistic, out of my ass statement “Cubs have serious interest in trading Marmol for Heath Bell”. I have sources.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The Cubs should probably also ask for Gregerson, Rizzo, and the Padres’ top four pitching prospects.

  • ry

    ok, i didnt see the game here in tennessee, so i will believe you all w regards to quade however, no excuse for a pitcher to throw 12 out of 13 balls; if the sucker is hurt put him on the dl, the time has come to demote marmol and put either marshall or carpenter in that role; hell our season is over so what freakin difference does it make if young carpenter is ready or not?? marmol himself has cost garza three wins alone this year! watching this team is like watching your son walk into the ring against mike tyson

  • Vince

    It seems to me that Marmol is overweight and out of shape. Quade is a terrible manager .Was he sleeping in the ninth? Time to replace Quade. The record speaks for itself.

    • Ol’CharlieBrown

      I agree. I was noticing that Marmol definitely looks like he’s a bit out of shape. Put on some weight and a bit of a gut. I think that may be part of his problem along with some sort of mechanical issue or minor injury. Although the problem could simply be that we signed him to that 3- year, 20 million dollar extension. So we should have been expecting this I suppose.

      What bothers me is I’ve noticed that there doesn’t ever seem to be any discussion of pitching coach Mark Riggins looking over footage of Marmols’ recent outing and seeing something wrong with his mechanics that they are working on to get him straightened out or anything of that nature. I’ve heard of this happening with other pitching coaches and pitchers in the past. Is he getting paid to just walk out to the mound a few times a game and say, “Throw strikes”?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Some of the players do look pudgier this year than in years past.

  • Brian

    I need another all-star break.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    If cubs keep playing the way they are..we will definitely lose 100 games..Quade is a joke and there’s noway in hell he should be managing Chicago Cubs! That also falls on our fat fuck for a GM as well

  • The Magicman

    how many games is it now where garza was lined up for a win and marmol blew it. (i think it is at least three)

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Magic man your right 3 games blown and that’s how many saves Marmol has blown this year..it’s just happen to fall when Garza has pitched

    • MichiganGoat

      He’s blown 7 games.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Man I just Rizzo of the Padres make an all star play..he’s going to be good for a long time

  • ry

    at least three blown wins for garza by shit-mol. no doubt about it, cubs will lose 100 plus games this year, they will probably outdo the pirates record of 54-108 last year and hendry and quade will keep their jobs. the whole cubs ownership and management is a joke from top to bottom. hear me loud and clear fans, stop going to the games, that is the only way this shit will change!

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    RY I’ve gotten tickets to see my Cubs in San Diego ..it’s in Sept though

  • curt

    OMG were really imploding wow to bad the season cant end early, pull the trigger hendry on marmol ,ramirez ,pena, and anyone else u can get rid of before the trigger gets pulled on you, oh thats right theres nothing wrong according 2 ricketts my bad

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    I agree with alot you guys we should bring in the youngsters..like they said in major league “back up the truck” start rebuilding now…

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    The Cubs lead the league in 1 Run loses

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    That just shows you how bad our bull pen is!!!!

    • Hogie

      And how poor our clutch hitting is! I wonder how many of those games the winning run was on base?

  • HotRuta

    After the way he’s pitched over the past weeks, how do you NOT have someone warming up WITH Marmol? After the second walk, he should have been pulled. No time to be worried about his psyche/confidence; at this point, Marmol needs to know that he’s on a very short leash, and if he doesn’t perform he’ll get the hook, and fast.

    And what about the bullpen coach / catcher? How did they NOT know that Marmol was wild? If he gets that information, then a MAJOR LEAGUE manager doesn’t even put Marmol in …

    When is this franchise going to get the guts to DEMAND concentration and performance from their players? The players always talks about how wonderful it is play for the Cubs, and what great fans they have — it’s as if they figured they were on a vacation. SERIOUS franchises show that they appreciate their players, but they also let them know that they have their jobs only as long as they perform. Cubs players are wallowing in loyalty from management — so much so, that they don’t seem to feel the need to actually DO their jobs.

    • Joe

      Marmol couldn’t be pulled after the second walk. There wasn’t anyone warming up. Quade pretty much dug his own grave on this one.

      • HotRuta

        That’s just the point. If Quade were up to the job, then (based on recent/past experience) he would have had someone warming up side-by-side with Marmol.

        This team isn’t going anywhere as long as Quade is the manager. He’s in way over his head, and I no longer see any point in letting him continue. Move him into some minor league system job, and let Listach finish the season — we’re not going to like Quade any better for seeing more of him at the helm …

  • Ron

    Didn’t watch the game but it sounds like Marmol was pretty much unhitable huh?

  • Robert

    you can’t really blame quade on this, well you can but you can’t. marmol has done this his whole career, makes drama puts runners on and HE USED TO BE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET OUT OF IT. now he just plain sucks. for all you cubs fans out there think about this – MARMOL HAS I THINK 7 BLOWN SAVES THIS YEAR- IF WE COULD THROW AWAY 7 LOSSES AND ADD 7 WINS, WE COULD POSSIBLY BE IN CONTENTION RIGHT NOW! no team is running away with the division what the best team is like 4 or 5 games only above 500.just what a frustrating year. nuff said..

  • IACub

    I think it’s time to switch Marshall and Marmol around…Marshall has been the most consistent thrower we have and Marmol’s funk has been going on too long.

    Once again the most excitement I’m getting from this team is watching the transaction lines to see if we can possibly get some young talent for our overpaid “stars??”. Bring on the youth movement. If we’re going to lose, lose with guys busting their butts and gaining some much needed experience.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Unfortunately, the best move would have been to deal Marmol months ago, and then insert Marshall as the closer. The ability to do that has long passed. I doubt they’ll switch roles permanently any time soon, if for no other reason than the nominal “closer” title will make Marshall much more expensive, and Marmol already has his “closer” contract.

  • Cheryl

    You all aren’t looking at the positives in this mess. If Quade and the rest of the cubs keep this momentum, there’s no doubt that the cubs will have the number one pick in next years draft.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      But why couldn’t they have done this two years ago…. BRYYYYYYYCE!!!!!

  • ry

    the number one pick and hopefully all new management well except for the ricketts obviously. ramy nice score on the tickets in san diego!

  • Serio

    “They use the word ‘fire sale.’ That’s not going to happen. We’re not interested in trading people at all that will be valuable to us moving forward.” – Jim Hendry. Yeah that’s a good idea have you been watching the Cubs?

  • die hard

    see my analysis in prior blog today….enuf said…..I never thought I would consider this…..become a White Sox fan…..

  • RY34

    the cubs will just piss the number one pick away anyway

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