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Game 93 – Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: Picking Up Where They Left Off

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Cubs 3, Marlins 6

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What went right:

  • Soto went 4-for-4.
  • Garza pitched an effective 7 innings, scattering six hits and three walks.
  • Campana gets the award for shining when it didn’t matter, throwing out a runner to end the top of the ninth and then bunting his way on before wreaking havoc on the basepaths to come around and score in the bottom of the frame.
  • Perhaps more could be said about things that went right, but after watching the 9th inning debacle it just doesn’t feel right to look for “positives.”

What went wrong:

  • Marmol + Wood + Quade = garbage 9th inning.
  • Marmol’s line – 0.0 IP, 1 H, 4 BBs, 5 ER (18 balls, 7 strikes)
  • Wood’s line – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BBs, 1 ER
  • Marlins ninth inning – BB, BB, BB, 2B, BB, BB, SacFly, 1B, Groundout, IBB, 1B

9th Inning

Quade, clearly already elbow deep in Saturday’s trifecta picks, brilliantly waited to remove Marmol until he had not only blown the save but essentially handed the Marlins as many runs as they were patient enough to wait for.  It wasn’t until Marmol’s third walk had almost been executed (without a single out being recorded, and barely a strike thrown) that Quade and Riggins managed to find that bullpen phone and get someone up.

At that point, either Russell or Wood uncorked a wild one from the pen that made it almost to Marmol on the mound – classy.  That should’ve clued Quade in that our pen was struggling to locate pitches.  But no, he waited until Marmol had completed that horrible line above, then he brought in Wood (who has proven to be ineffective when entering mid-inning recently).  Wood picked up where Marmol left off.  And then when Russell came in, he was at one point instructed to INTENTIONALLY WALK A BATTER even though there were two outs and Mike Stanton (who was intentionally passed) has recorded a stunning 97 strikeouts already this year.  Is it possible that hair really does make you smarter?

Back to Marmol, with no outs and the bases juiced in a 2-0 game, he gives up a double to the RF corner.  Fukudome and Barney combined for a quick, if less than perfect relay that found its way past Soto.  The Marlins’ Dewayne Wise fell down rounding third and was dead meat.  If Marmol is backing up Soto, as he should be, he corrals the errant relay and Wise is at best, stuck on third – likely he’s out.  But instead, Marmol is bystanding in the third base line having a pity party for himself.  Wise scores, the Marlins take the lead and instead of getting the first out of the inning, Marmol goes back to walk his final batter of the game.

It cannot be overstated, especially after the Cubs put together a bit of a threat in the ninth (even scoring another run) – the Marlins 3rd run was huge.  That Marlins run scored because Marmol loafed.  It’s that simple.  After the 3-run double, the Marlins dugout was laughing at their good fortune – Wise falls flat on his face and STILL scores.  The Friendly Confines indeed.

Moreover, 3 different Marlins’ made valiant attempts to bunt in the 9th inning; all three were blessed with 3-0 counts and eventual walks by Cub relievers.  They were TRYING to give us outs and we wouldn’t let them.

Fire Mike Quade; Hire Ryne Sandberg

I’ll bring the All-Star break to a close with this tidbit:

2010 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 58-86
2010 Iowa Cubs 82-62

2011 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 53-37
2011 Iowa Cubs 41-50

That’s the difference Manager Ryne Sandberg can make.  He was at the helm for the 2010 Iowa Cubs, and he’s led the 2011 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to the best first half record in their history.  I know many of you will disagree with me, but I’d rather be going down in flames with Sandberg while Quade bets the fillies, instead of going down in flames with Quade while Ryno manages the AAA-Phillies.  No way Ryno waits until Marmol hand-delivers a win to the Marlins to yank him – and if he does, who cares, he’s still HOFer Ryne Sandberg.  He’s been vocal again recently about his interest in an MLB job; it’s time the Cubs do right by him or he’ll wind up being to the Cubs what Mike Scioscia is to the Dodgers.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Matt Garza (.477 WPA)

2nd Star – Greg Dobbs (.446 WPA)

3rd Star – Anibal Sanchez (.164 WPA)

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