Remember the good old days with Derrek Lee? Getting into fights with Chris Young, hitting into double plays all the time, even sometimes hitting home runs? Well, Derrek did one of those three against Carlos Marmol yesterday in the ninth inning.
Before the 7-5 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Mike Quade had been extolling his bullpen’s value: a stellar 1.00 ERA (five earned runs in 41 innings) in the previous 14 games and holding opponents to a paltry .156 batting average.
‘‘But not today,’’ he said afterward.
The 5-3 lead Marmol was handed in the ninth inning was slipping away as rain began to fall again after a 91-minute delay. After Marmol walked two to load the bases, former teammate Derrek Lee wiped them clean with a grand slam.
‘‘You go out there and compete. What happens, happens. No excuses,’’ said Marmol (2-5), who hadn’t pitched in four days but hadn’t allowed a run in his last five outings.