Jason Marquis gives up 7 runs; Brewers crush Nats 11-7

Jason Marquis, Nationals fall to Brewers, 11-7The Post
After expressing concern that some pitchers in the bullpen were not getting enough work, Jim Riggleman had to use it to get all 27 outs. He won’t make that mistake again. After the 1st inning though, only one run was scored.

Something is wrong with starter Jason Marquis, one of two major free agent signings this offseason. Yesterday, he gave up 7 earned runs without recording an out, raising his ERA to 20.52 and lowering his record to 0-3, worst among MLB starting pitchers. Marquis claims not to be hurt and went to the batting cage to practice pitching following his removal from the game.

For the 8th non-consecutive season in a row, situational hitting continues to be a problem for Washington*. The Nats had 16 hits off of Brewers pitching (including the nearly unwatchable starter Doug Davis; each pitch looks like a balk due to a slow and tedious wind-up) but stranded eight runners.

Ivan Rodriguez, your National League batting leaderThe Post
Three weeks into the season, the Nats other big offseason signing, Ivan Rodriguez, is leading in the National League in hitting. This probably isn’t sustainable, but watching him doubles seemingly daily has been a lot of fun.

Other notes:

Sunday’s lost sent the Nats back to .500 (6-6). They had already taken the Brewers series behind ┬íLIVAN! on Saturday. Getting back over could be tough with the Colorado Rockies coming to town today.

The Nats wore their red curly W jerseys again. Don’t be surprised if they have new home whites next year, I’m half expecting the block NATIONALS to be replaced with script. The Natstown logo is another hint.

I guess 2011 will be the earliest that I “clinch” the National League. I think I’ve seen every team other than the Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds play the Nats since baseball returned to Washington. I’m pretty sure the Diamondbacks snuck in there at some point.

Why don’t the Brewers have “Milwaukee” on their road uniforms? That’s a jersey foul.

I like their caps though.

The Brewers numerals are terrible though, they look like Times New Roman in bold.

*I’m assuming the ’69 Senators hit okay — they were the last D.C. team with a winning record.


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