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Cardinals fans clown Oliver Marmol over eyebrow-raising pitching admission

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals suffered a 5-1 loss, their first defeat of the Chicago Cubs this season.

The Cardinals jumped in front of Chicago on Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, but the Cubs responded with two runs in the bottom half.

Cardinals manager Olivar Marmol pulled pitcher Andre Pallante with one out and runners on first and second. Chris Roycroft came in and mishandled Nico Hoerner’s grounder up the first base line, allowing Cody Bellinger to score. Seiya Suzuki then scored on Dansby Swanson’s grounder in front of home plate.

After the game, Marmol had positive things to say about Pallante’s outing for the Cardinals – despite yanking him after only 59 pitches, per Bally Sports Midwest:

Marmol on Pallante’s outing: “I thought he threw the ball really well. Commanded it well, the sinker was a good pitch for him, he landed the slider and got some uncomfortable at-bats.” On going to the pen early: “Roycroft has been really good against righties.” #STLCards

Of course, Cardinals fans – who have criticized Marmol all season long – aren’t having it.

SportingTurbo – “But why did you pull him early?”

Scott Schmidt – “Games like this are a reminder why I despise Oli as a manager. Has zero feel for how to manage in the moment”

Jerry H – ““Commanded it well, the sinker was a good pitch for him, he landed the slider. “ What part of that says pull him after 59 pitches ?????”

Nic Mizeur – “I thought he threw it so well I yanked him after 10 outs so my bullpen could get 17 outs… but we lost so they only needed 14 outs, which is good, cause I’m a bad manager and the worst at managing my pen. Sheesh. Oli just lying to the fans”

David – “I thought he threw really well, commanded it well, the sinker was good, so I thought it was time to take him out. Oliver is such a smart logical thinker. At least in his mind. Maybe he’ll let Mikolas throw 64 pitches tomorrow.”

Joe Gallagher – “Yes he has. And he was today. But that’s not the question. The question is “4th inning”?????????”

Up next for the Cardinals, Right-hander Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.85 ERA) goes up against Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.09 ERA) on Sunday in the series finale.

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