The last time the Cubs played a game as long as last night's, before last night, was the 18-inning marathon in Houston last August 15.
The next day, as you surely all remember, Ryan O'Malley was driven by limo to Houston to start, as the entire pitching staff had been used the night before (including two pitchers, Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Marmol, who pinch-hit and didn't pitch). The result was O'Malley's masterpiece, 8 innings of shutout ball in a 1-0 win.
I'm not suggesting that Jason Marquis can match that tonight, although given his excellent start this year, it's not impossible. But what we are likely to see, given tired ballplayers, is a quickly-paced, low-scoring game.
Which would be just fine with me.
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Marquis threw his best start of the year a week ago in Pittsburgh, allowing five hits, one run and no walks. A repeat would be very nice; Jason Bay is the guy to watch out for vs. Marquis (lifetime: 13-for-27, 4 doubles, a triple, 4 HR, .481/.545/1.148).
Discuss amongst yourselves.