Sutton’s pinch hit lifts Reds over Cubs
He added something else his to his resume Saturday – a go-ahead pinch-hit double in the ninth to lift the
“That was pretty neat,” Sutton said. “I don’t really know what to say about it. Coming off the bench is not something you get to work a whole lot on in the minors, so it’s been a little bit of a challenge doing it up here.”
Sutton’s two-out liner into the right field corner came after
“You’re facing guys like Marmol and just trying to get something straight and over the plate to hit is a challenge enough,” Sutton added. “Just being able to come up with a hit like that and drive in a couple of runs in that situation, that was awesome.”
Marmol’s season-long control problems continued. He took over the closer’s role Aug. 18 and had converted his last nine save chances. But pitching Saturday in a non-save situation, he issued his 60th and 61st walks in 67 2-3 innings.
“I don’t know,” Marmol said of his control issues, insisting that he didn’t get a call from the umpire on his first walk to
“You got to try to get three outs no matter what the situation is. …The first batter I walked it was right down the middle. I see it. … I had a bad day today.”
“They helped us early. It was a sloppy game early and that’s uncharacteristic of the
“But, we’ll take it big time and we still left some runners out there.”
Chicago scored three in the sixth off starter
Cueto gave up four hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. He was driven out in the sixth after an RBI single by Ramirez and a run-scoring double by Soto.
Chicago first baseman
“We didn’t play very well early in the game. A couple of freak plays. The ball that hit the catcher in the helmet and bounced out of the ball park,”
“I’ve never seen that one before.”
Cueto was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to Theriot. But moments later, Theriot dropped Lee’s throw for Chicago’s third error of the inning, loading the bases.
Wells gave up six hits and five runs – three earned – in 3 2-3 innings.
It was the first time the