MIAMI - In all but one inning tonight, the Marlins have put a runner in scoring position. Yet, their only run remains Logan Morrison’s homer in the second inning.
The reason they haven’t scored the rest of the night is because Jason Marquis, despite giving up four extra-base hits and a handful of other hard-hit balls, has managed to pitch out of scoring situations in one inning after another. He gave up a one-out double to Gaby Sanchez in the sixth, but made a great 3-2 pitch to Morrison, catching the bottom of the strike zone for a called third strike before getting out of the inning with a John Buck flyout.
He’s only thrown 74 pitches in six innings, and yet, it’s felt like the Marlins have been on the verge of catching up to him all night. The Nationals have had a couple relievers stretching, but there’s no major activity in the bullpen yet. So Marquis could be coming back out for the seventh.
What do you think manager Jim Riggleman should do here? I’d take Marquis out and go to Tyler Clippard, but the bottom of the Marlins’ order is coming up, and if Marquis can get through another inning, Riggleman could play matchups a little more in the final two innings.
The Nationals lead 2-1, though, and have Ryan Zimmerman on base for the fourth time in as many plate appearances tonight. He just walked for the third time, and if the Nationals can add another run, they might get Marquis some rope.