Sep 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner (33) throws the ball in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Strasburg is on the mound and the series tied 1-1; how will it end? Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Balks. Let’s jump into the quick recap- The Good: Justin Ruggiano; The Bad: We lost; and The Balks: the 2nd inning. Let us go now and dive more into it.
Justin Ruggiano went 3-4 with a run today. He was the only Marlins player today to have a multi hit game. Justin is fighting for that starting center field job and if he keeps playing like he is, it looks like he will be our center fielder for the rest of the season.
We lost 6-4 and lost the series 2-1. Jacob Turner today only went 4 innings giving up 2 HRs and 5 runs. Maybe next time, Turner; although not everything can be blamed on Turner. The Marlins offense went 1-7 with runners in scoring position, and had no extra base hit today; however that wasn’t the weirdest thing that happened today.
So we start the bottom of the 2nd with a Ruggi single, who was then moved to second on a Logan Morrison single; Placido Polanco walks to load the bases with no outs, and then Strasburg balks in a run. We are not done yet. Adeiny Hechavarria grounds out scoring Lomo and moving Polanco to 3rd. Rob Brantly walks, and then Turner bunts Brantly to 2nd and Placido stayed on 3rd. Placido didn’t stay at 3rd long, because when the next batter came up to bat Strasburg balks in another run. I’ve never seen 2 balks that bring in 2 runs. Weird.
Next up for the Marlins are the Braves. Let’s root our Marlins on and take the series form the Braves! Until next time, as always: Let’s Go Marlins.