Carlos Marmol implodes again

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UPDATE: The bullpen choke is complete. Rafael Dolis stayed on to pitch the 10th and the Reds won it on a sacrifice fly. After a Dolis throwing error, of course.  Bad day for the Cubbies.

3:29 PM: As this post goes up the Cubs-Reds game is still going on.  But it shouldn’t be. And for that, we have Carlos Marmol to thank. Or blame, if you’re so inclined.

Ryan Dempster shut out the Reds for eight innings and Carlos Marmol took the hill in the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Then this happened:

  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Fielder’s choice/error, a runner scores
  • Single to load the bases
  • Walk, a runner scores

And with that it was 3-2 Cubs.  Rafael Dolis then came in to relieve Marmol, induced a run-scoring double play and then struck out the next batter he faced. It’s 3-3 in extra innings as this one goes to press.

Marmol is a hot mess right now.  As Dave Cameron just pointed out on Twitter, he has walked over 25% of the batters he has faced this year.  That’s just not acceptable.  Something’s gotta change.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”