Cubs in the WBC, Day 4

Posted by Lionel on March 11, 2009.

Italy lost to Venezuela, 10-1, ending their run. Cubs farmhand Alex Maestri came in in the ninth, well after the damage was done. He threw one inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.

But obviously the biggest news was the Netherlands beating the Dominican Republic for the second time, sending them to Miami and the D.R. home. Carlos Marmol was unfortunately one of the goats, if not the goat. He entered the game in the 11th inning after the D.R. took a 1-0 lead. He promptly gave up a double. After getting a groundout, he gave up a single. Tie game, blown save. He then threw away a pickoff attempt, leading to an error on him and the runner to head to third. He recorded a K, then intentionally walked Randall "the sausage basher" Simon. He went full with the next hitter before inducing a ground ball to 1-sack Willy Aybar. Aybar booted the grounder and the game was over.

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