PHILADELPHIA -- Cubs closer Carlos Marmol came in to mop up things against the Phillies on Sunday. It was supposed to be a formality, but he made it a lot more exciting than manager Dale Sveum would have preferred.
Two walks and an infield single loaded the bases with two out, then Marmol walked in the only run the Phillies scored in Chicago's 5-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. That brought Shane Victorino to the plate as the potential tying run. He grounded out to end the game.
Asked how close he came to pulling Marmol, Sveum smiled.
"Well, Victorino was his last hitter, if that's what you're asking," the skipper said. "And it might not have been Victorino if I didn't have flashbacks of the '08 playoffs when Victorino hit a grand slam off CC [Sabathia]. I was like, 'Ah, I don't think I want a left-hander in there to face him.'"
Sveum referenced the 2008 National League Division Series during which he managed the Brewers.
The manager indicated that he understands that you have to accept outings like this with Marmol.
"He's going to be a high pitch-count guy. Most times he's going to be 20 or 30 pitches," Sveum said. "Obviously, you don't want to see that kind of stress out there. But that's what he is and that's what you have to understand. You've got to be patient, but there's only so much you be patient with."