Found April 27, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
First, it was Sean Marshall allowing a three run homer to Angel Pagan in the ninth to propel the Giants to a 6-5 win over the Reds. Next, it was Brandon Allen of the Rays launching a moonshot two run homer off of Angels closer Jordan Walden to give the Rays a 4-3 victory. Finally, Mets rookie Kirk Nieuwenheuis singled off of Heath Bell of the Marlins to give New York a 3-2 victory in a ninth inning that saw Bell walk four Mets hitters and throw 46 pitches. Moral of the story: closers are expendable. Bell was a huge acquistion for the Marlins this offseason, and Marshall was acquired by the Reds from the Cubs and given a long-term extension. And of course, both of them blow saves....these things happen sometimes. Game of the Night: Mariners 5, Tigers 4. Seattle got three in the first on a Justin Smoak homer, and added another in the fourth on a Miguel Olivo homer (really). As they usually do though, the Tigers fought back, and tacked four on over the fifth and sixth innings to tie...

Reds' 'Marshall Plan' working for the better

CINCINNATI Sean Marshall feels fortunate to be the anointed one, the pitcher Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker put into the closer's role an emergency that surfaced quickly, forcing Baker to go to The Marshall Plan. That's not what Marshall expected when the Reds acquired him via trade over the winter from the Chicago Cubs. Marshall was a set-up man for the Cubs, and...

Pagan's 9th-inning homer lifts Giants

Sean Marshall often goes to his curveball as an out pitch. It didn't work that way against Angel Pagan. Pagan hit a hanging curve for a three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the Reds on Thursday. ''The curveball's been a good pitch for me,'' said Marshall (0-2), who had his first blown save after converting...
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