Marlins Report Card: Marlins Drop 5th Straight, Lose Series to Dodgers, 7-1
By Ehsan Kassim
May 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner (33) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Miami Marlins 1
Another road game, another Miami Marlins loss.
The Marlins dropped their 5th consecutive ballgame on Tuesday night, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers behind ice cold bats and terrible defense. The loss ensured the Marlins a series loss to the Dodgers and dropped their road record to 3-15. Honestly, the Marlins are a completely different team on the road. Maybe Jose Fernandez still has a good throwing elbow at home?
After this loss, the Marlins have fallen back to .500 at 20-20 and fall to third place in the NL East, 3 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the division.
Jacob Turner had the best start for the Marlins in the past week, as he was the first pitcher to throw over 5 innings for the Marlins.
Here are the grades for the Marlins from last night:
Jacob Turner, SP: C
5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 2 SO
Turner was not as bad as him numbers may have suggested on Tuesday night. In the decisive 6th inning that saw the Dodgers run away with the game, the Marlins defense let Turner down in a huge way. Despite the plays not going down as errors, there were a couple of balls that the Marlins defenders should have gotten to, but didn’t.
But that that’s the name of the game you play when you cannot strike hitters out and depend on the defense to bail you out all game long. Turner also showed a lack of control in the decisive inning, walking one hitter and falling behind to key hitters in the inning.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: B
2-for-4, 2 1B, SB (4)
Stanton was the lone bright spot for the Marlins in this game. He continued his 15-game hitting streak in the first inning, beating the Dodgers shift with a single. Stanton also collected another single in the third and picked up his fourth stolen base of the season.
Garrett Jones, 1B: C+
Jones, like Stanton, reached base twice in the game, collecting a walk and a double. Jones also scored the lone Marlins run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Jones grade gets downgraded a notch as well because of a key defensive play he failed to execute on in the sixth. On a flyball to the warning track in right, Stanton made a strong throw to first, but Jones was not able to keep his leg on the base and it allowed Matt Kemp to score from third.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C: D-
Salty has struck out in 8 of his last 11 at bats, striking out three more times on Tuesday afternoon. He is now 0 for his last 21 with 12 strikeouts. The Marlins desperetly need Salty to turn things around for their offense to work at it’s highest level. He has been the Marlins second best hitter to this point.
Nothing seems to be going right for the Marlins on the road. Not only is the team 12 games under on the road, but they also lost the biggest part of their team on this road trip. The Marlins continue to lack the ability, for whatever reason, to hit the broad side of the barn at home.