Player of the Game: Jacob Turner (.313 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jose Reyes (-..42WPA)
Play of the Game: Justin Ruggiano doubles to score Rob Brantly to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning (.163 WPA).
Turner Impressive in Unimpressive Start:
In his fourth start as a Miami Marlin, Jacob Turner pitched one of his better games. Turner pitched seven strong innings for the Marlins, while allowing just two hits. Turner also walked two hitters and only got three strikeouts. The seven innings, for Turner, were a new career high in innings pitched.
It would be odd to say that Turner was unimpressive in such a strong start, but that was the case last night. Turner lacked the swing-and-miss pitches last night that the Michael Jong has been concerned about in the past. Turner also got a majority of his outs on popups. He did not induce a lot of ground balls, which with the lack of whiffs, is not the ideal formula moving on. Turner also missed his location a bunch in the game, with the end result of an unimpressive 101 pitches, with only 57 strikes.
Overall, as a Marlins fan, you should come out content with the start Turner provided last night. He is showing improvement in not allowing home runs, but there is still a lot of room for the young right hander to grow. The Marlins have a very promising pitcher on their hands.
Marlins Odd Offensive Night
The Marlins scored four runs on the evening, but the team did so in some very uncommon manners. This included an upper deck shot by, of all people, Greg Dobbs. The Marlins also scored two more runs on an odd sequence of events in the fourth inning.
After Justin Ruggiano and Jose Reyes each singled with one out, Carlos Lee delivered a big two-out single to score Ruggiano from second. Right fielder Jay Bruce's throw to the plate was too late to get Ruggiano, at which time, Lee was caught in a run down between first and second. Reyes took advantage of this run down to dash home from third base.
The throw home was once again too late, but the Reds were still able to throw the ball down to second base and get Carlos Lee out. Lee was apparently hurt on the play, as he exited the game with a neck strain, and was listed as day-to-day.
Ruggiano Stays Hot at Home
In his past ten games at Marlins Park, Ruggiano is 14-for-37 (.378). Ruggiano continued that hot hitting on Friday night, as his RBI double in the third inning, which scored Rob Brantly, was the deciding run for the Marlins in the game. Ruggiano also added a hit in the fifth inning and walked once in the ballgame.
Ruggiano is still fighting for a spot on the Marlins next season, although the team is still not sold, and rightfully so, on the corner outfielders chances of being an every day player.