The Jason Marquis experiment is now officially on suicide watch. After the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher gave up eight runs in his Dbacks debut, I advised to give him a couple of chances being that it was his debut and probably amped up. However, after this evening’s debacle, I might just want to say when can we cut our losses? He’s given up 15 runs (12 earned) in eight innings of work since joining the team. His offense made up for it though as the Dbacks defeated the Houston Astros 11-9 tonight in a wild comeback.
The Dbacks once again fell behind 7-1 before they woke up and eventually took a two run lead on Justin Upton‘s 23rd home run of the season. The Astros added one more run before the Dbacks scored three more in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Micah Owings came in and saved the day again. Yeah, he gave up a solo home run, but that was it. He gave up two goose eggs in the first two innings he pitched. It was greatly needed and probably the spark the Dbacks needed to get going in a game that looked very one sided for the first half.
The defense self-destructed at times, committing three errors, including what could have been a big David Hernandez miscue in the top of the eighth inning when he tried to get two outs and instead threw the ball away and got none. Also, the base running was suspect once again. Miguel Montero tried to stretch running from second to third only to get thrown out by a mile at third. Luckily it was not costly.
The San Francisco Giants will end up winning tonight but the Dbacks get to stay within a half-game and after tonight, that’s just fine with me. However, what I learned tonight is that Jason Marquis‘s days will be numbered continuing to pitch the way he is.
Oh and J.J. Putz – defensive play of the year with the dive to save the game!!