two hits for encarnacion, a scoreless frame for looper ---- what the heck is there to write about?
guess i could just commend jason marquis for a creditable job of damage control in the 4th inning last night. temporarily losing command of his fastball, jason fell behind 3 and 1 vs each of the 1st three hitters. the result: two singles and a three-run homer. then he ran the count full on the next batter, cory koskie. if it were last year, marquis would've tried to pitch too fine on 3-2 and lost the batter; instead he confidently threw an off-speed strike and induced a groundball to short. he threw three sinkers to rickie weeks and finally struck him out on a fastball inside; threw fastballs inside to prince fielder and struck him out on a sinker.
it was the kind of game that may have gotten away from marquis in the past; jason basically admitted as much to the post-dispatch's joe strauss:
didn't seem as if jason was throwing that hard last night; the fox sports gun only had him topping out at 90 mph in the one inning i watched, 3-4 mph slower than last year. but he didn't walk a man, a noteworthy achievement.
gotta cut this post off here, as i'm back on a plane this morning. heading home and staying put for a while; that'll give me a chance to update the sadly neglected Perfect World box and do some other housekeeping on the site. thanks to all who have placed orders at the VEB online store; an excellent initial response, and helpful support for the site. game should be underway or close to it by the time i get back in front of a computer, so i better make this the game thread. enjoy the game folks.