Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

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It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh?

Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice the Phillies had a lead and twice the Cubs tied it up, first on a bases-loaded walk to Ted Lilly of all people and the second time via a two-run homer by former Phillie Marlon Byrd.  By then the boys in gray and red had nothing left with which to answer, and Aramis Ramirez — who may have actually risen from the dead — hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth.

Carlos Marmol closed it down in the ninth, striking out the side. He now has 81 strikeouts on the season. Which is more than Jaime Garcia, Johnny Cueto and Wadry Rodriguez have, and they’re starters.  Mercy.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.