Coming off one of the worst starts of his career, Jason Marquis had one of the best starts of his career tonight against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers. Marquis improved to 10-5 as he tossed his 3rd career complete game shutout.
And it was an efficient CG at that. Only took him 86 pitches to do it! It was also his 2nd CG of the season. Marquis didn't issue any walks, gave up just 2 hits, and struck out 3.
Strangely enough, it's the exact same pitching line as Marquis' 1st CG shutout from 2005. That was also an efficient outing (91 pitches).
Marquis had a good game at the plate as well. He was 1-3 with 2 RBIs. His ERA went down from 4.22 to 3.87. His WHIP went down from 1.41 to 1.31.
Marquis now has 6 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins. His career high in wins is 15, set back in 2004 with the Cardinals. Could we be looking at 20 wins this year? Time will tell.
Interesting to note that Steve Stone's career high in wins was also 15 before he went on to win 25 games in 1980 when he won Cy Young. That was Stone's 10 season in the Bigs. This happens to be Marquis' 10th season in the Bigs...
Scott Feldman battled through 6 innings to pick up his 6th win of the year against the Angels. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 BBs, and 3 Ks. With the win, Feldman improved to 6-2 on the season.
Kevin Youkilis had himself a game against the Orioles. Youk was 3-5 with 1 HBP, 1 double (his 19th), 1 HR (his 13th), 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.
Ryan Braun was 3-4 with 1 double (his 18th), 4 RBIs, and 1 run scored against the Mets.
Ian Kinsler was 1-5 with 1 HR (his 19th), 1 RBI, and 1 run scored against the Angels.
Scott Schoeneweis gave up 1 hit to the only batter he faced against the Reds.
John Grabow pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief against the Cubs to pick up his 14th hold of the season. He gave up 2 hits and had 2 Ks.