This is not how the Miami Marlins drew it up. Coming into the 2014 season the Fish were supposed to be a pitching heavy team who was hoping to score just enough runs to win games. On Thursday afternoon the Marlins pounded out 13 hits to complete a furious comeback win after their starting pitcher put them in an early deficit.
Jacob Turner started the game for the Marlins on the mound and gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings of work. Turner was hit hard all day as he gave up 8 hits including a home run to Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer. He was fortunate to escape with a no decision as the Marlins trailed 5-3 by the time Turner was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half of the sixth.
The Marlins brought out the big bats, however, as they managed at least one base runner in every inning, but the 5th. They started the scoring promptly in the bottom of the first with a single run as Garrett Jones provided an RBI ground out with the bases loaded. Trailing 4-1 by the bottom of the third, the Marlins started chipping away with a single run scoring on a Marcell Ozuna RBI single. After single runs in the 6th and 7th, the Marlins were still trailing 5-4 heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning.
The offensive explosion came with 2 outs in the eighth as Christian Yelich drove in the tying run with his first hit of the 2014 season. After a walk to Jeff Baker, Giancarlo Stanton singled sharply to center bringing in the go ahead run. Casey McGehee then topped off the scoring with a 2 RBI single to center that put the Marlins ahead for good.
Steve Cishek would then come on to shut the door on the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth and earn his second save of the season. The win went to A.J. Ramos (1-0) who pitched a clean eighth while Matt Belisle (0-1) got the loss for the Rockies after getting banged around for 4 earned runs.
The Marlins are back in action tomorrow night as they welcome in the San Diego Padres for a 3 game weekend series. The probable starters for Friday’s game are Tom Koehler for the Marlins versus Eric Stults for the San Diego Padres.