Heading into the 2013 season, the Miami Marlins were concerned with the progress of starter Jacob Turner, acquired from the Tigers last season. Turner had struggled with his command, and as a result began the year in Triple-A.
Despite the fact that he has been consistent since being promoted, Turner had a hard time in an 8-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Jacob Turner succumbs to big inning
It is one or two poor innings that have haunted Turner in his brief major league career. That trend continued against a solid Nationals lineup.
Although he appeared to have control for the game's first five innings, Turner failed to make it through the sixth inning.
Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman singled to begin the inning, and Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper both followed with RBI doubles. After getting Ian Desmond to ground out but then walking Adam LaRoche, Manager Mike Redmond removed Turner from the game.
Already with a 2-0 lead, Washington was able to five more times before reliever Chris Hatcher recorded the frame's final out.
Over five and a third innings, Turner gave up seven hits and five runs while while walking two and striking out three.
Marlins can't solve Jordan Zimmermann
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, heading into Friday night's contest, had success against the Marlins' young lineup. Having one of the best season's of his short career, Zimmermann pitched a complete game and earned his 19th win of the season against Miami.
Zimmermann was dominant early, as the Marlins didn't collect their first hit until second baseman Donovan Solano singled with two outs in the sixth.
The Marlins were unable to get any runners in scoring position against Zimmerman, who over his nine innings walked one and struck out nine.
All of Miami's base runners reached safely with two outs in an inning.
Chris Hatcher, Brad Hand couldn't slow Washington offense
Even after the departure of Turner, the Nationals continued to score.
Chris Hatcher took over for Turner in the sixth and gave up three hits and two runs over two thirds of an inning.
Brad Hand pitched the final two innings for Miami, giving up a hit and one run while walking one and striking out two Nationals.
Hand and Hatcher are both September callups who the Marlins have been carefully monitoring as they look towards next season.