WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging that Wednesday's eighth inning left plenty of room for second-guessing, manager Mike Redmond addressed some of the thinking that went into his use of the bullpen in last night's 10-7 loss to the Nationals.
First, a quick recap. With the Marlins leading 7-6, Redmond called on Carlos Marmol to pitch the 8th. The sequence of events:
1) Jose Lobaton flied to left.
2) Nate McLouth hit by pitch.
3) Denard Span beats out bunt and both runners advance a base on Derek Dietrick's throwing error.
4) With first base open, Redmond elects to have Anthony Rendon walked intentionally, loading the bases.
5) Jayson Werth belts Marmol's second-pitch fastball for a grand slam.
On the reasoning behind his decision to go with Marmol instead of A.J. Ramos in the 8th:
Redmond: "It's easy to second-guess now and say I should have done that or should have done this. But, I still felt good about having Marmol out there. I mean, this guy's closed down a lot of games, pitched in a lot of big situations over the course of his career. That's why we signed him. We signed him to come in and take over for the guys that we lost, for Qualls and Webb, and eat up those innings. We're going to need this guy to pitch in some big situations and some big games. I know ultimately it didn't work out for us, or for him. But you think about how that inning kind of took shape. He hits a guy. Then a drag bunt that we throw the ball away. Now, all of a sudden, his ability to pitch out of it was tough. We put him in a tough spot because we made a fielding mistake there. At the same time, I felt like he still had a chance to get out of it."
With his control issues historically, did you think about not walking the guy to load the bases?
Redmond: "Like I said, we can go round and round about whether I should or shouldn't have. My thinking was, try to get a ground ball there and , with his slider, I felt like that was a good matchup. I've seen him (Werth) hit ground ball double plays, and if he threw a couple of nasty sliders, he could get that ground ball and get out of that inning. That was my thinking, and it didn't work. There's stuff all the time that sometimes you roll the dice and it works great...It went from first and second to one out to second and third with a base open, and it's like you have that decision. You could break down that game a lot of different ways."
As you evaluate the eighth inning, how do you kind of let it sort itself out (on which pitchers to use)?
Redmond: "It's like anything. Last year it took a little time to figure out where everybody was going to fit in. And it will this year, too. But we do know that (Mike) Dunn and A.J. and Marmol, those guys are going to have to play a big role in that 8th inning, because that's how we're set up. We're probably going to have to mix and match. A.J.'s not going to be able to throw every single night, and either is Dunner. The tough part was the night before having to throw Dunner almost 30 pitches to cover that game. But we're going to need all those guys down there. Those roles work themselves out over the course of time."
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Marlins: 1. Christian Yelich lf; 2. Derek Dietrich 2b; 3. Giancarlo Stanton rf; 4. Garrett Jones 1b; 5. Casey McGehee 3b; 6. Marcell Ozuna cf; 7. Adeiny Hechavarria ss; 8. Jeff Mathis c; 9. Tom Koehler p.
Nationals: 1. Nate McLouth cf; 2. Anthony Rendon 2b; 3. Jayson Werth rf; 4. Adam LaRoche 1b: 5. Ryan Zimmerman 3b; 6. Bryce Harper lf; 7. Ian Desmond ss; 8. Sandy Leon c; 9. Stephen Strasburg p.