Travis Wood was brilliant – and looked very sharp – through six innings, and the Shawn Camp/James Russell tandem locked down the 7th. Kyuji Fujikawa was solid in the 8th. End of string of thoughts.

Nate Schierholtz, with a two-run homer in the 9th, tried his best to ensure that those panicked about seeing Carlos Marmol in a one-run save situation could relax. But we know better than that.

But, as I said: whew.

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  • Evan

    Should’ve grabbed Haren for Marmol while we could, no matter what the physical said.

    • Spencer

      Dan Haren better have been on his death bed when they were contemplating that trade.

  • Leroy

    Where’s Terry Mulholland when I need him? 😀

  • TampaCubsPhan35

    Lillibridge is just plan horrible!!!! 0-9 and 4 strikeouts grrrrrrr

    • NCMoss

      It’s 3 games….

  • Early-Byrd

    Leave lil britches alone!! Just you wait you’ll be screaming his name.

  • Tom A.

    Marmol is terrible. How do you give him the ball and then look at others on the team and tell them we are trying to win ? He should be dropped ! Or sent to the minors.

  • Headscratchin

    Marmol is Mitch Williams on steroids.

  • Loren Feldman

    A Feldman Ranger follower to the Cubs…time will tell.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Welcome. Hopefully he locks you in.

  • MightyBear

    All I know is Marmol has pitched in two games and the Cubs have won both. Personally, I think he should have 100 appearances this year.

  • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

    Sounds like another marmot trade scenario article should be coming shortly.

  • Die hard

    Theo—- take a minute to review Marmols 2004-5 50 minor league starts and you may want to try my idea

    • DarthHater

      I’ll say this much: This is definitely not your worst idea. 😉

      • Die hard

        Even a left handed compliment is better than none

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    Contrast Fujikawa’s body language with Marmol’s. He throws strikes, no drama, acts like he knows the other guys can’t hit him.

  • Edward

    I never thought I’d come here with the Cubs winning 2 out of 3 on the road and 99% of people are complaining.

    Isn’t anybody else excited?

    Of course the offense is going to be slow in 40 degree temps. I give Marmol a bunch of credit for getting through the inning. Huge strikeout then a perfect pitch on the outside corner to get the double play. Finding ways to win close games is something that never happened last year.

    • Jason

      Very true. They didn’t win many close games last year. They’ve won 2 this year.

  • Dustin S

    Awesome game by Wood. He’s really looked good and been a different pitcher starting around mid-last year. Honestly he might be the Cubs 2nd best starter right now based on the 2nd half of last year, spring training, and today. If he keeps this up that Marshall trade is going to start looking mighty good.

    On the negative side, regardless that he luckily managed to get 3 outs without giving up more than 2 runs any trade value Marmol once had is a sad distant memory. He would have to be the next coming of Mariano Rivera from here on out to build his value back up. I guess there’s a glimmer of hope that the save will build up his confidence to turn things around long enough to deal him. In his defense though the ump did miss a couple balls.

    • myporsche

      I was gonna say that marshall trade looks like a highway robbery now

      • http://deleted bubbleshargrave

        this cubs organization is stupid. this stuff from marmol has been going on for parts of 3 yrs now. the organization really isnt committed to winning if they keep using him in this role. also it bothers me how brett supports marmol in the closers role and continues to overlook all the bd he did in the 1st 2 months of 2012.

        • http://Isa Voice of reason

          Over the past three years marmol has saved 38, 34 and 20 games. His era was 2.55, 4.01 and 3.42.

          Marmol has been inconsistent without question, but at times he has been lights out.

          That said, the cubs organization is not stupid in dealing with marmol. They over paid for him, but he is what he is. An inconsistent closer.

    • jt

      Back to Wood:
      Good game.
      In the past he has thrown some crap…but he has had some gems also.
      If most of his starts resemble this, I’ll learn to live with a few turkeys.

  • farmerjon

    Sun Times reporting a deal done on the renovation, with the announcement on Monday

  • Chef Brian

    Ahh, Marmol is what, he is. The Cubs may as well as keep Marmol as the closer until he does actual damage to their won/loss record. What’s the point of panicking 3 games into the season? He really has no trade value, so why not be optimistic about Marmol getting in the groove and improving his value?

  • Tyron

    What’s wrong with Bret an our front office LSent marmol down for a month

  • BABIP (MichCubFan)

    If you take one of those zeros out of Marmol’s ERA, it woulnd’t look too bad. But, it’s two games. But on the other hand, Fujikawa seems like a very stable reliever. I hope Marmol pitches well for a few months and so we can get some good prospects for him. And then we can see more of Fujikawa at the end of games.

    One other thought. I like to see the number of hits/walks that we get in a game compared to the other team. The more often we get more guys on base than the other team the better.

  • Matty V

    I was at the game today (just got home). It was amazing how quickly the game flew by. Lack of offense will really speed a game up. I told a buddy of mine at the game that Travis Wood was going to be our 2-way player today, because he was going to have to get our offense going. It was good to see him help get the scoring started then come back to keep their hitters at bay.

    After Schierholtz homered in the 9th, I had a hunch we would need those extra runs in the bottom of that inning. I guess my Spidey-sense was working today.

    The bullpen leading up to the 9th looked solid. If we can keep getting the pitching we have been, we should be in a lot of games this year.

  • gutshot5820

    With all the whining and crying on this board tonight, you’d thunk we lost. Pittsburgh lost their home opener and two out of three to start their season to one of the worst teams in baseball. If their fans came on to read this board, it would probably be a relief and a good laugh. Poor Pittsburgh fans.

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  • Carew

    Ok, I know it’s reeeaaallly early, and I like to give the players a chance, but Valbuena and Lillibridge have been PAINFUL to watch. Those two batting were the only times I yelled at the tv screen.

    Marmol, on the other hand, is Marmol. When he’s got it going, he’s filthy, but the darn inconsistency. It’s time to cut ties. I’ve always liked him, but man. I’m 18, and my heart skips way too many beats. It’s ain’t healthy.

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      Liili and value a will be flipped to turn short term assets to long term assets which will help build our dynasty.

      • AB

        Can Bleacher Nation flip ‘Westbound Willie’ for some spambots??

        It would be a huge improvement to the level of conversation around here.

  • EB

    I was only able to watch the first 7 1/2 innings of the game before I had to go to basketball. As I was walking out of the locker room, I told my buddy “I am just going to assume that Marmol is going to blow this and the Cubs are going to lose 2-1”. If it wasn’t for Nate Schierholtz, I would have been right.

  • college_of_coaches

    Recorded the game and watched it tonight. I think Travis Wood is better with beard than he was last year with mullet.

  • DCF

    The constant whining about Marmol’s performance is already starting to bother me more than his performances itself. It was EXACTLY the same at the start of last season and repeating the same drama of MARMOL-OMG!!!one!!! all over again just seems boring.
    Last year, he finally got his shit together and almost got traded, which was pretty close to the best result we could hope for. This year, it seems very unlikely that he’ll be able to build up a single $ of valuer before the trade deadline. Obviously they’ll try anyway, but if he doesn’t I expect him to be cut soon enough, never to be seen again.

    And btw, I agree that playing Liilibridge and Valbuena (and Navarro too, for that matter) shows that the Cubs don’t really care about winning in 2013. Just like they didn’t in 2012. That was the plan all along and I’m fine with that.

  • Anonnifan

    Hey Brett, new video ads are a little buggy on my machine. Not a complaint, just an observation. They seem to slow down the whole page, and make scrolling difficult. I have a 20 mb connection so I shouldn’t be seeing any lag, also it is freezing up while I enter this.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, and sorry, Anon. The ads are idiosyncratic to folks, so I don’t always see the same ones as other people. There are a few videos in the mix, and I’ll keep my eye on any of them causing trouble. Sometimes it just takes a little while for the problems to sort out when a new ad enters the mix (they have programmers on the back-end testing/fixing/review).

  • SamuraiJock

    Although far from a pretty outing from Marmol, doesn’t he get any credit for finishing strikeout-double-play? I thought that was pretty impressive. And of the guys getting on base, normally its the walks with Marmol that are the problem, but he only walked one guy last night and I thought he’d struck him out several pitches earlier. Also, if a reliever we liked was on the mound, does Rizzo get more grief for not coming up with the ground ball?

    For all the angst people are spilling over this series, i’m worried how an average cubs fan’s mental health is going to last this year. PACE YOURSELF PEOPLE, there will be much more to be angry about in the coming months…

  • Rudy

    One thing I missed but heard the announcers talking about was how the Cubs would swith Valbuena and Castro essentially, when playing the LH shift. Was this true and how did it work? Is this something new?… I don’t remember them doing this last year. It seems like a good idea as Castro has more range to cover the whole left side.