Miami Marlins Skid Ends With Return of Jacob Turner
At the beginning of Spring Training, the Miami Marlins were looking forward to having Jacob Turner be a big part of their rotation to start the season. However, due to control issues and inability to get batters out, the Marlins had to make the decision of sending turner down to AAA to work on his issues.
Down in AAA, Turner scuffled to begin the year, continuing his Spring Training trend of walking hitters and being unable to get consistent outs. However, his last few starts gave the Marlins some hope, and with Alex Sanabia going on the disabled list, the decision was made to recall the 22 year old pitcher.
Upon taking the mound on Friday night, Turner was handed the task of trying to end the Marlins 9 game skid that had them sitting at a Major League worst 13-41, and he had to do it against a team that came fresh off of a four game sweep of the New York Yankees. As Turner prepared himself, the New York Mets came rolling in with a lot of momentum and a five game winning streak. However, their pitcher, Shaun Marcum, was looking for his first win of the year, as well.
Through the first six innings, the Mets and Marlins exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard, with both Turner and Marcum moving quickly through the lineups while scattering hits here and there. After Turner retired the Mets on seven pitches in his half of the seventh, the Marlins were able to give him some support, when rookies Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna reached base to start the inning, and fellow rookie Ed Lucas came through with his first Major League hit and RBI. The Fish added insurance runs later in the inning with a sacrifice fly from catcher Jeff Mathis and a two run double by pinch-hitter Jordan Brown, which signalled the end of Turner’s night, and a chance for his first win of the season.
While the Mets scored one run off of Mike Dunn in the top of the eighth, the Marlins responded with one of their own in the bottom half on an RBI double by Ozuna that followed Dietrich reaching on an error, and Steve Cishek was able to close the door for a victory by the score of 5-1.
Throughout the game, Jacob Turner showed command of all of his pitches, and walked only one batter, Marlon Byrd in the fifth inning, who was later caught stealing. Turner kept his pitch count down throughout the game, totaling just 81 pitches in his seven scoreless innings. He struck out three batters, and got 11 ground ball outs compared to five in the air, and produced one double play ball.
In other Marlins news, first baseman Logan Morrison should be up with the team soon, as he has been moved up to play with the AA Jacksonville Suns to continue his rehab assignment. Another Suns player and Marlins prospect, Jake Marisnick, had a two grand slam game in an 11-2 victory on Thursday night (May 30). Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continues to be cautious with his strained hamstring, and has been reported as having knee soreness during his running programs. The timetable for Stanton’s return is currently unknown, but at worst, possibly middle of June.