The San Diego Padres pitching staff continues to bring their A-game in full force as Jason Marquis showed during the team’s second face-off with the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he played a key role in their powerful 9-2 win.
Though the end score shows a resounding win for the Padres, Marquis had to fight to get there, relying little on the fastball and more on his sliders and splits to defeat the Dodgers. Clearly, his techniques worked, as the pitcher only let one run in through entire night on three hits.
Marquis’ first win of the season for the Padres was also the longest that any starting pitcher for the team has managed to go this season at 7.2 innings. The right-handed starter’s consistent pitching for such an extended period gave a much-need break to the Padres’ exhausted bullpen, which has been working in overdrive this season; so far, no other pitcher has gone beyond six innings.
Marquis retired the Dodgers in order five times while facing only five hitters over the minimum.
His performance is more good news for the Padres after coming off their five-game losing streak as they’ve now defeated the Dodgers for the second day in a row, and his outing is the second longest by a Padre since Clayton Richard, who went eight innings on August 25. Marquis threw a total of 107 pitches with 63 strikes, and it was clear that he was game for more.
Padres fans will have to see what Marquis brings to the table the next time he starts, and if the rest of the team’s pitching staff can live up to his potential. Marquis might be able to teach them a thing or two.