Carlos Marmol's First Night as Chicago Cubs' Closer

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Carlos Marmol #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws the ball against the Houston Astros on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Lou Piniella, Tylenol can prevent heart attacks.

And a nice glass of Johnny Walker can settle a guy down an hour later.

After Kevin Gregg was made unavailable with a "tired arm"(translation: he sucks), Marmol got his audition on Monday night to be the Cubs' closer.

He got a nice layup of an opportunity, too. Randy Wells had been solid into the eighth inning, newcomer John Grabow got it to the ninth and Marmol only had to hold on to a three-run lead against a Reds team that had dropped 13 of their previous 14 games.

But that's before Marmol made things interesting.

How about a walk, a single, and then an RBI double surrounding a couple of strikeouts and Willy Tavarez was batting with the tying run in scoring position.

Thankfully Tavarez hasn't yet figured out how to get the ball out of the infield.

So how'd the audition go? Was he David Cooke or William Hung?

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I guess that depends on your cholesterol level. Piniella looked like he was ready to strangle someone for three or four batters at the end of the game. In the end, though, Marmol got the save and the Cubs are tied for first place in the division.


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