Marquis has nice ending to Spring Training

Right-hander Jason Marquis pitched his final game of the spring, giving up three runs in five innings as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 9-3, on Thursday afternoon.

Marquis struck out four batters, walked none and had 10 groundball outs, proving that his sinkerball was working.

Although he ends the spring with a 9.15 ERA, Marquis said he felt comfortable in his last two outings than he did earlier in the spring. During his first four outings, Marquis allowed 16 runs in 10 innings.

“It’s a step in the right direction. The last two times, I felt comfortable on the mound,” Marquis said. “I fell behind a few hitters, but I was able to work out of a few jams and keep the ball on the ground for the most part.” 

Marquis’ next start will be against the Phillies, the National League Champions, on April 7. He has faced them 19 times and is 5-3 with a 4.38 ERA during his career.

“They have a great lineup. They made a few additions,” he said. “We are going to sit down, come up with a game plan, watch film and go from there. I’ll try to execute as many pitches as possible and try to get outs.”

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