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Jason Marquis hurls shutout for Nationals

Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

Jason Marquis

Yes, that Jason Marquis.

After going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA in the first year of his two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals, Marquis has opened 2011 with a bang, turning in five straight quality starts on his way to a 3-0 record.  His ERA stands at 2.71.

Tonight’s win was the most impressive of the bench, as he outdueled Tim Lincecum and pitched his fourth career shutout against the defending world champion Giants.  He struck out seven and walked none in the crisp 96-pitch outing.

Earlier this month, he fanned nine in six innings against the Mets, his high strikeout total since way back in 2004.

The Nationals still might not be going anywhere this year, but if this keeps up, Marquis is going to be an awfully nice piece of trade bait at the deadline.  No, he’s not someone any team will want starting Game 1 of a postseason series, but since it looks like last year’s elbow problems are completely in the past, he’s a nice innings eater.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Apr 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Great game by both pitchers. Go Nationals!

  2. garlicfriesandbaseball - Apr 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I’m a Giants fan but also like the Nationals, especially since F.P. Santangelo joined forces with them. But also Jayson Werth’s exodus to the Nationals was great; and once Strasburg gets back in the lineup I hope they’ll become a real challenge for the rest of the league. But at the expense of the Giants? Ugghhh……time to take care of business fellas The torture’s supposed to be over!

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