The Los Angeles Dodgers escaped a 5 run deficit in the 6th inning to win and maintain their 1/2 game lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
How does that saying go? One man’s trash is another man’s . . .trash probably. It takes a lot for it to not still be trash. The Chicago Cubs can no longer blame their woeful season on their former closer Carlos Marmol. The Dodgers wanted to take up that crusade, because Carlos Marmol was garbage on Tuesday in Toronto.
Ned Colletti acquired the reliever at the beginning of the month for reliever Matt Guerrier. But Marmol was finally called up, and Tuesday was his Dodgers debut. After relieving Chris Capuano in the 5th the first batter he faced, J.P. Arencibia, smashed a hanging breaking ball off the top of the wall in deep center. Brett Lawrie singled him home, before Jose Reyes knocked his 5th home run of the season over the right field wall.
The struggling reliever turned a 2 run deficit into a 5 run deficit in a hurry, and was watching his second chance get knocked around Toronto like a hockey puck. Current bullpen bozos Brandon League and Ronald Belisario have serious compeition.
But Marmol was rescued for now by the Dodgers offense which scored 3 runs in the 7th and 4 runs in the eight inning. Andre Ethier earned a bases loaded walk in the 7th before Mark Ellis knocked in 2 runs on a single. In the 8th Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig both singled, and down 2 runs Adrian Gonzalez dished out some lefty on lefty violence blasting a 3 -run shot to deep center off LHP Brett Cecil. Andre Ethier dished out more lefty on lefty violence with a solo shot to right, his 3rd RBI of the game. Kenley Jansen gave up one run in the 9th and a long, long, fly out to end the game 10-9.
Marmol is deep in the woods still, and nothing short of Mariano Rivera dominance will earn him any confidence from fans and management. But he had 38 saves in 77 games in 2010. If he can be at that level once, then he can be there again? Today it looks like the answer is no.