I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s due it’s own post: Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol was absolutely hammered last night, blowing the game against the Astros in epic-style. Taking the ball with a 3-1 lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, it went like this:
Sacrifice — hey, an out!
And that’s how a 3-1 lead becomes a 7-3 deficit in no time flat.
There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with Marmol. After the game he said that he simply didn’t have it: “It was a bad day. What can you do about it? They swung at your best pitch and they hit it.”
I like that casually dissociative “your,” there. Like he watched it happen in some sort of out-of-body experience. Which, frankly, is probably a good thing.
Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.
The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.
Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers notched his first major league hit in style on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. The 20-year-old smashed a solo home run to straightaway center field, padding his team’s lead to 2-0 in the third inning.
Per MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account, Devers is currently the youngest player in baseball at 20 years and 275 days. He went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Tuesday’s 13-inning loss to the Mariners.