Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Marquis is Masterful

Jason Marquis pitched a terrific game tonight. He pitched a three hit, complete game shut out, striking out five, walking none, and lowering his ERA to 1.70. The timing of Marquis’ pitching masterpiece was good considering the Cubs offense provided almost no run support.

The only run for the Cubs came on a lead-off HR in the first inning by Alfonso Soriano. Aramis Ramirez (2-3) and Matt Murton (2-4) each contributed two hits to the Cubs eight hit “attack.” On the down side, after his HR, Soriano struck out three times. Also, Jacque Jones had a rough night, going 0-4 and stranding 9 base runners.

The Cubs play the rubber game of their three game series with Pittsburgh tomorrow. The Pirates Paul Maholm (1-4, 5.51 ERA) will take on Carlos Zambrano (3-2, 5.80 ERA).


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