Chicago Cubs’ starter Matt Garza pitched his worst game of the season last week against the Reds, allowing nine runs in five innings. The New York Mets were the cure for what ailed him. After seven innings of shutout baseball, James Russell and Carlos Marmol were the only things standing between Garza and a win. I’ll give you one guess what came between Garza and a win.
Three outs from the sweep and a four-game winning streak, Marmol served up two no-doubt homers, one to ex-Cub Marlon Byrd, and a three-run, walk-off shot that Kirk Nieuwenhuis sent soaring out to right field.
Unfortunately, Kevin Gregg had been trotted out the four previous days and was unavailable Sunday. At least one Cub was thoroughly disheartened by the loss Sunday.
“That’s unacceptable,” Soriano said. “We’re up 3-nothing and Garza pitched a very good game. It’s hard to take. It’s hard to swallow.”
This was after The Fonz threw his post-game meal plate into the garbage can in what was described as “anger”. But he still believes in Carlos.
“That depends on him,” Soriano said. “He used to be good –- I think he’s good –- but he lost a little bit of his confidence and this game is all about confidence. You can have the talent. You can have the pitches. You can have the arm. But if you’re not confident, you’re not going anywhere.
“That’s his problem now. He lost his confidence, but I hope that he gets it back and (pitches like) the Marmol that I know.”
For his part, Matt Garza just wants to give Marmol a hug.
“It’s tough for anybody,” Garza said. “The guy who it’s toughest on right now is Marmol. He tries really hard and he wants it really bad and it just happens. So you just get ready and come back and do it again tomorrow.”