Marquis’ return looks painfully familiar

When last we saw Jason Marquis in the majors, he was handing the ball to manager Jim Riggleman, exiting a game against the Milwaukee Brewers without having retired a batter. The first inning of his return on Sunday against the Dodgers looked only slightly better than that.

He allowed four runs in the first inning against Los Angeles, though two errors (one by the pitcher) made it so only one of the runs was earned. The Dodgers stole three bases on Wil Nieves, Marquis walked two batters and gave up two hits, and the Nationals trail 4-2 in the second inning.

Marquis needed 32 pitches to get through the first inning. His sinker clocked in around 90 mph, but he was having a hard time keeping it from running off the outer edge of the strike zone.

The Nationals, though. have patched up some of the damage in the second inning, with Michael Morse and Justin Maxwell hitting back-to-back homers. Wil Nieves just fouled a pitch to left field that missed being a homer by a few feet.