My first reaction was: What? Marmol? What a moron!
But my second reaction was: No one that Theo and Jed hires can be that stupid. I think literally everyone, Carlos Marmol included, knew he was going to blow that game. So if we all knew, then Dale had to know it.
The only conclusions I can come to are:
1. Dale Sveum just made one of the worst managing decisions of all time, or,
2. He's being judged on his ability to get a protected pick in next years draft. He's a mad genius who's giving the impression of trying to actually win when he's really not.
At the very least I think a decision that obviously bad justifies a discussion about whether or not the Cubs are tanking on purpose.