After watching starter Ricky Nolasco get knocked around for nine runs against the Padres on Friday, the Marlins nearly returned the favor in a 7-1 win on Saturday. Giancarlo Stanton put an exclamation mark on this game when he sent a hanging change-up to the Clevelander in left field. The solo shot was Stanton's eighth on the year.That homer also marked Stanon's 10th game in a row at Marlins Park with a hit.
Justin Rugiano and Devin Dietrich each contributed two hits to add on to the Marlins' run-filled night. To be sure, Marlins Park isn't quite the pitcher sanctuary that Petco. Nonetheless, this game was a welcomed sign from the Marlins' offense.
Turner Goes The Distance
Jacob Turner managed to put in another gem of a performance tonight. The Marlins' 22-year-old threw his first career complete game tonight against the Padres.
established himself early on in the game, using his fastball to very thoroughly paint the strike zone.
Turner's fastball flew at Padres batters with its normal 93-95 mph heat, but it was made even deadlier as he consistently put it on the corners of the zone. Locating that heater not only forced San Diego hitters to start swinging early in counts, it forced errant hacks at his secondary pitches as well. On more than one occasion, Turner put a breaking ball in the dirt that attracted a fooled swing.
This was Turner's second quality start in a row. In his last start, against the Giants, the Marlins' young starter gave up just one run while striking out two. The key difference this time around is that Turner got a little more than the one run of support he received against the Giants.
He even showed some more of that nifty footwork, turning a comebacker into a double play.
By game's end, Turner had struck out seven batters, walking just one in his nine frame effort.
A Thousand Splendid Runs
In a Marlins' season of rookie firsts and shining young players, it was nice to see an older Marlin reach his own milestone. Placido Polanco reached home plate for the 1000th time in his career tonight on this Hechavarria single.
Seven on Seven on Seven on...
Just an interesting (and completely irrelevant) pattern of stats from tonight's game:
Turner had seven strikeouts on the night.
He gave up seven hits.
The Marlins scored seven runs.
Seven Marlins batters registered at least one hit tonight.
Seven different Marlins players crossed the plate as well.