No doubt Tuesday evening was Carlos Marmol’s worst-ever as a closer.
Protecting a two-run lead in the ninth, Marmol (1-2) surrendered six earned runs, issued a walk and recorded just one out while allowing Houston a 7-3 come-from-behind victory.
When you think about it, however, it’s a rather remarkable inning given just how dominating Carlos has been since taking over the closer’s role from Kevin Gregg in late in 2009.
But bad outings and blown saves happen. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you’re on the right side, and sometimes, like Tuesday, you’re not.
Thus far, however, Marmol’s meltdown has been a blip in an otherwise terrific season.
Entering Tuesday’s game, Marmol posted an 0.43 ERA over his last 20 outings having allowed one earned run in his last 21 innings pitched, including 27 strikeouts and a .141 average against.
His 10 saves account for nearly half of the team’s 23 wins, and to date, this was just his third blown save of the season.
Carlos Marmol, of course, is not the problem on this Cubs team headed nowhere. It just took his worst-outing ever to register on the Cubs’ scale of things gone wrong.
What I’d give to have Marmol’s blown save mean more than just another loss for the struggling Cubs.