Monday, September 26, 2011

Dear Carlos Marmol: Thank you!

If the Cardinals make the playoffs, this performance by the Cub's Carlos Marmol will earn him consideration for the Cardinals' team MVP.

Matt Holliday got the [9th] inning going with a one-out single to center. He was removed for pinch-runner Tyler Greene, who stole second and took third base thanks to an error on the play. That surely increased the pressure on Marmol, who had trouble finding the strike zone from there on out. After David Freese struck out, Marmol walked Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker to load the bases.

Chambers pinch-ran for Molina, a move that proved invaluable. Marmol couldn't find the zone against ex-teammate Ryan Theriot, walking him on six pitches as Theriot never swung the bat. With an 0-1 count against Rafael Furcal, Marmol uncorked the wild pitch that scored Chambers.



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