Hero of the Game: Justin Ruggiano (0.223 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jacob Turner (-0.321 WPA)
Play of the Game: Anthony Rendon tripled in the fifth inning. Wilson Ramos scored. (-0.156 WPA)
The Miami Marlins were plagued with a second consecutive poor pitching performance from their starter, as Jacob Turner continues to struggle down the stretch run of the 2013 season. Turner struck out three batters, but he also walked three and allowed two home runs, one to Wilson Ramos and another to Ryan Zimmerman. It is the third homer by Zimmerman in two games, continuing his legend as Marlins killer.
Turner got only five swings and misses out of 84 pitches, and while his velocity was normal, he was hammered for nine hits and those two homers. Control was not as much of a problem in today's game, as Turner threw 32 balls versus 18 called strikes overall. The problem was that the balls went everywhere Marlins defenders were not, and the old home run issues he had before have crept up again.
The Marlins did get out to an early 3-1 lead agaisnt Stephen Strasburg. The Fish scored three in the second inning after the team loaded the bases with hits by Justin Ruggiano and Logan Morrison and a walk by Placido Polanco. Then, Strasburg balked in one run before a grounder brought in a second. A few batters later, he balked home another runner to give the Fish three runs.
But Turner's terrible start gave back the lead and the Fish only mustered one more run off of Strasburg, who struck out seven in six innings with two walks otherwise. The Marlins' bullpen struck out seven batters in five innings and only allowed another run, but the Fish just did not have enough firepower to overcome, as the team lost the series finale 6-4.