GAME 118 REVIEW: Marquis Digs Early Hole

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, August 15, 2010 | , , , | 0 comments »

THE RESULT:  With Jason Marquis getting hammered again, the Washington Nationals lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night 9-2, before 22,400 at Nationals Park.

Marquis -- who has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in any of his five starts this season, gave up three home runs in the first three innings, not giving the Nationals any chance to be competitive in the affair.  His final line (4 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 HR) actually lowered his season's ERA to 14.33.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his 23rd home run of the season, and Josh Willingham had two hits.

DBacks starter Ian Kennedy did a good job limiting the Nats attack.  He went seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk, striking out seven.

THE GOOD:  Craig Stammen came into the fifth inning with the bases loaded and no outs after Marquis gave up two hits and a walk to load em up.  He got a double-play groundout and strikeout to get out of the jam.

THE BAD:  Willie Harris went 0-for-4 starting in right field.  He's down to .176 for the season.

THE UGLY:  Marquis. Think Marquis has to have the worst ratio of dollars to outs recorded this season. He has provided nothing on the two-year investment the Nats laid out over the off-season, and they have to consider shutting him down and getting him completely healthy for next year.

He's only hurting himself and the club at this point.

THE STATS:  7 Ks, 3 BBs, 1-for-11 RISP, 6 LOB

NEXT GAME:  Sunday at 1:35 pm against Arizona.  Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 3.07) takes on Barry Enright (3-2, 2.64).

All Photos by Antony Amobi/Nats News Network