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Cubs Embarass Themselves (Game Recap: Cubs 2, Astros 3)

Game Recap
Usually when an offense manages to score only two runs, they're to blame for the loss. But today's facts suggest Lou Piniella was at fault in this one.

He left Ryan Dempster in for too long. The man ended up throwing 120 pitches, which is crazy. Yes, many of our relievers have done poorly thus far, but there are at least two guys that we've been able to trust so far (until today I suppose) in Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol.

Why didn't Lou yank Demp after seven, let Marshall take the eighth inning, and give Marmol a save situation in the ninth? I haven't ever talked to any of them personally, but I'm pretty sure pitchers prefer having a routine. Give each guy a job, and let him do it. Instead, Piniella rode Ryan Dempster too long, gave Marmol a tough spot to squeeze out of, forced him to try to get a four out save (didn't Carrie Muskat just write about how bad an idea that was?) and then put Marshall out there in the tenth.

Poorly managed, by my count. Yes, Theriot probably could have helped by getting on base at least once, and the 3-4-5 hitters' combined 1-for-13 doesn't help either. But I wonder how the game might've played out if Marshall got to pitch the eighth with the bases empty, and Marmol was brought out with a one-run lead in the ninth inning.

But what do I know?

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