Jun 16, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) rounds the bases on his three run walk off home run during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mets won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Marmol Blows Late Lead, Cubs Lose

Like a blast from the past Carlos Marmol is blowing saves again.  Marmol entered in the ninth with the Cubs leading 3-0.  He then gave up a solo home run to  former Cub Marlon Byrd, then four batters later, Kirk Nieuwenhuis came up with two runners on and belted a three run home run into right field that won the game for the Mets.  The final score was 4-3.

If you’re Matt Garza you’ve got to be sick of the bullpen blowing games in which you have a great start.  Garza has really only had one bad start this year since coming off the DL.  He was back at it again today, he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up just three hits.  James Russell came in a set it up for Marmol perfectly.  Russell pitched a perfect eighth, giving up no hits and no runs.

The offense for the Cubs wasn’t too flashy, but they didn’t need to be with Garza pitching so well.  Alfonso Soriano got it started in the first when he drove in Luis Valbuena on a single into left.  Then in the fifth the Cubs scored two runs that came on a throwing error by Met third basemen David Wright.

Valbuena and Starlin Castro each had a pair of hits at the top of the order in their four trips.  Castro hopefully is coming around a little bit, but we’ll wait and see.  Other than that the Cubs really struggled on offense, they were a combined 1-8 with runners in scoring position.  Anthony Rizzo struggled himself, Rizzo was 0-3 in that category.

Jeremy Hefner, the Met starter, did an outstanding job keeping them in the game throughout.  Hefner threw six innings, gave up six hits, and three runs with just one of them being earned.  The bullpen for the Mets was lock down, three of them pitched a combined four inning and gave up just one hit.  Bobby Parnell, who pitched the ninth for the Mets, earned his fifth victory on the season.

The offense for the Mets was basically invisible until the ninth inning.  Before the ninth they had just three hits and no runs.  Then came everything I mentioned earlier when Marmol entered the game.  John Buck was the only Met to have a multi-hit game.  Buck ended the game with two hits in his four trips.

With the loss, the Cubs denied themselves a sweep of the Mets which definitely would’ve given them a confidence booster going into the four game set with the St. Louis Cardinals that starts tomorrow.

Shelby Miller (7-4) will be the starter for the Cardinals and Travis Wood (5-5) will make the start for the Cubs.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 CT at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Tags: Alfonso Soriano Anthony Rizzo Bobby Parnell Carlos Marmol Chicago Cubs James Russell Jeremy Hefner John Buck Kirk Nieuwenhuis Luis Valbuena Marlon Byrd Matt Garza New York Mets Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals Starlin Castro Travis Wood

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