Because the San Diego Padres hitters just haven’t been producing much lately, their starting pitchers realize they almost have to be perfect for their team to get the win. It didn’t happen again on Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Give Jason Marquis credit. He’s had a fine season for the Padres, who are now 41-52; and if anyone can eventually get the team back on a winning path, it would be him.
Marquis, who is 9-4 with a 3.79 ERA, usually leaves after the sixth inning. On Thursday, it was in the sixth inning with one out when his day was done. For the second straight game, he kept his walks down. He allowed only two runs and gave the Padres a chance to win the game. It’s been frustrating for the team to keep losing like this.
Marquis has to come back after the All-Star break and try to give the Padres another quality effort. It looks as though the breaks aren’t coming his way and they aren’t coming for the rest of his teammates, but they can still get the job done in an effective way.
The right-hander needs to get a little sharper and get a few more outs to get his ERA down, but he’s not the batting coach. It’s not up to Marquis to score the runs. He’s supposed to give his team a chance to win by limiting the other team’s run count, and he’s dong that.