The Nationals and Angels are tied at a run apiece at Angel Stadium after Jason Marquis - who just had an 11-inning scoreless streak snapped after throwing eight shutout innings against the Mariners last week - hasn't been efficient early.
He's walked three batters and allowed five hits, throwing 71 pitches in the first four innings and needing a double play to keep the Angels from scoring in the third. They finally got to him with an Erick Aybar double to right in the fourth.
Every time Marquis struggles - or continues to push further into his comeback season - there's probably going to be a segment of the fanbase that says the Nationals should trade him before his value slips from its peak. But when the team is over .500 and a ways from giving up on its season, it's tough to imagine Marquis moving. The way the Nationals are playing right now, they'll probably have to stay put with their staff.
The Nationals got their only run in the first inning when Jayson Werth - who had been in an 11-for-77 slump entering the game - doubled in the first inning and Ryan Zimmerman drove him in. Marquis is able to put together some efficient innings when his sinker is working, and the Nationals will need him to do that here.