|Cubs players celebrate their 3-2 win against the Pirates on Thursday (Getty Images photo)|
|Travis Wood allowed just one hit over six innings pitched and earned a win against the Pirates (Getty Images photo)|
Manager Dale Sveum said the following about Marmol, "He gave up hits, but it wasn't like he was throwing the ball all over the place. For the most part, we know things like that can get interesting with him. He got the ground ball when he needed it. He was OK. It didn't seem that way, but it wasn't too bad." For the record, Marmol's ERA is 20.25 in two outings this season.
I'm not sure why Sveum is so willing to give Marmol so many chances, when the team now has Kyuji Fujikawa, who has been excellent so far this season. You know that Cubs fans dread Marmol when numerous tweets about the "Marmol coaster" and "Un-oh, it's Marmol" and such start appearing all over Twitter once Marmol is in the game. Hopefully Marmol will improve as the season moves on, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that he makes me nervous.
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz's home run in the ninth inning proved to be the difference in the game after Marmol's influence on the game. Whew!
|Nate Schierholtz is congratulated after his homer in the ninth inning against the Pirates (Getty Images photo)|
Tomorrow, the Cubs will start a three-game series against the Braves in Atlanta. Scott Feldman will make his first start with the Cubs. Game time will be at 6:30pm CT.
Just 4 more days until the Cubs Home Opener! Here's a photo from @Cubs on Twitter of the marquee at Wrigley Field getting fresh paint today!
|Wrigley Field marquee getting a fresh coat of paint before the Home Opener (photo from @Cubs on Twitter)|