The Miami Marlins entered Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves on a five game losing streak. The positive vibes from a winning month in June were starting to fade and the team needed someone to step up and deliver.
Enter Jacob Turner playing the role of the “stopper” for the Marlins. Coming off his first loss and worst start of the season, Turner gave the team 7 solid innings while giving up just 2 runs to the Braves. It was the fifth time in his eight starts that Turner has pitched at least seven innings and sixth time he has given up two earned runs or less.
Turner surrendered single runs in the second and sixth innings as he allowed just four hits and three bases on balls. He struck out five Braves batters in lowering his ERA to a stellar 2.33. The outing was good enough to earn him his third win on the season by a 6-2 score.
The Marlins gave Turner an early lead to work with by plating four runs in the first inning. After the first two batters reached base, Giancarlo Stanton smashed a laser to the leftcenter field wall for a two run double. Placido Polanco then followed that with a double of his own, scoring Stanton. Offensive juggernaut Jeff Mathis then capped the first inning scoring with an RBI single to right.
Polanco would continue his big day by stroking a two RBI single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to end the scoring. The single was his third hit of the day and the Marlins eleventh as a team.
Turner improved his record to 3-1 on the season while Paul Maholm took the loss for the Braves dropping him to 9-8 on the season.
Up Next: The Marlins have an off day on Thursday before welcoming the Washington Nationals to Marlins Park on Friday. The matchup will be a good one as Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) goes for the Marlins against Stephen Strasbug (5-6) for the Nationals.