Chopping Wood and Making Marmolade: Nats Have Pals in Cubs Pen

Pat Listach demands that any Cub who reaches third base get down on both knees out of respect for him. Otherwise they don't get a high five.
(Nam Y. Huh / AP)

Final Score: Nationals 7, Cubs 4

Dame of the Game:

Adam LaRoche: 4-5, HR, 2R, 2RBI. LaRoche bounced back from an opening day that made fans wish he would just hurt himself forever with a truly “rocking” performance. Ha! French.

Shame of the Game:

Carlos Marmol: 0IP, 2 ER, 2BB, 2H. Kerry Wood was probably worse but he got this prestigious award yesterday and I’d hate to boost his ego too much. Besides, Wood got a Hold today, so that’s got to count for something.

The Cubs bullpen is great. I love it. I just can’t get enough of it. If the Cubs bullpen were my girlfriend, I’d propose to it on the spot. I would be perfectly happy having the Cubs bullpen blow leads for me for the rest of my life. I would not want any other bullpen. There’s just something about the twinkle in its eye when it comes into the 8th inning that says “Here. Have some runs. Take as many as you need!”

I am particularly enamored of Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol, two Cub colossi who proudly hold aloft their twin twenty-seven ERAs. After turning a 1-0 Cubs lead into a 2-1 defeat on Thursday, they used even more wondrous lead-blowing alchemy to transform a 4-2 lead into a 7-4 deficit today. It all happened in a 5-run 8th inning for the Nats, in which Chad Tracy dealt the decisive blow. Incidentally, that’s the first time anyone has ever said the phrase “Chad Tracy dealt the decisive blow” since he stopped selling drugs.

The one negative for the Nats was the poor performance of Gio Gonzalez in his Nats debut, as he failed to finish the fourth inning. After the game, Davey Johnson walked up to Gio, shed a single tear, and walked away. I’ve been told that this site is the most emotionally devastating thing a man can experience, so let’s hope it helps.

Check out the live blog from earlier today!

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