BJ Upton (left) and Justin Upton became the first brothers in major league history to homer to tie, then win a game Saturday against Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
I mentioned earlier this week how Carlos Marmol has been absolutely dreadful for the Cubs.
Now he’s so bad he’s in the record books.
Marmol allowed the game-tying home run to B.J. Upton, then the walk-off winner to his brother Justin in the 9th inning as the Braves rallied to beat the Cubs, 6-5 Saturday.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in major league history that a pair of brothers had homered in the same inning to tie, then win a game.
Nice going, Carlos. Predictably, Cubs Manager Dale Sveum said that Jeff Russell or Shawn Camp would get the next chances to close.
I’d ask Sveum, “What took you so long?” but we’re not even a full week into the season. That must be some kind of a record for a closer losing his job.
And while it’s true that Marmol doesn’t even see the 9th inning if Kyuji Fujikawa doesn’t give up three in the 8th, the fact is he did, and the fact is that it’s Marmol’s job (at least it was) to close, and pick up the save for his team.
The real tragedy is that the bullpen’s blow-up ruined an impressive start by Carlos Villueneva, who allowed only a run on six hits with two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 6.
Your starters shouldn’t have to be Clayton Kershaw every time out.
But back to the record.
The Braves erased a 5-1 deficit with three in 8th off Fujikawa, started by a double by Justin Upton.
(By the way, Justin Upton is owning the National League at the moment. His game-winner in the 9th Saturday was his fifth home run in five games. He went 3-for-5 with two homers and the double. He’s hitting .389 with a slugging percentage of 1.274.)
Trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth, B.J. Upton hit a 3-1 pitch to centerfield, 421 feet away to tie the game. It was his first home run of the year. After Justin Heyward flew out to left, Justin Upton hit a 1-2 pitch, also to dead centerfield. According to the official measure, the ball landed two feet shy of his brother’s blast, but no matter, the Braves had a win, the Brothers Upton were in the record books, and Marmol continued to sink into his whirlpool of misery.
Carlos Marmol gave up home runs to both Upton brothers in the 9th inning Saturday.
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