Sean Marcum's brilliant start (6 IP, O H, 3 BB, 7 K, 78 P) was wasted as Jason Frasor gave up a run in the eighth and Brian Tallet coughed up the winner in the ninth. Normally a pitcher would be allowed to finish a potential no hitter, but Marcum was pulled to preserve him for the long term. We can't say we disagree with Gibbons' decision despite how tempting it was to leave him in.
We still wonder where that powerhouse offense is. Jae Seo is hardly a feared presence on the mound. The bats are still slumping when a guy with a 8+ ERA makes them look silly. Wells, Thomas, Overbay, and Hill went hitless in the loss. A less ethical blog might suggest that it's time to get out the bennies. But not us. ;-)