Hero of the Game: Donovan Solano (0.155 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Christian Yelich (-0.232 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton reached on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning. Jeff Mathis out at third. Greg Dobbs advanced to second base. (-0.121 WPA)
The Miami Marlins got as good a start they could have expected from Jacob Turner against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Despite Turner's likely problem with home runs, he did not allow a long ball in tonight's game, and instead struck out four batters in six innings with only two walks to his name. He threw just 73 pitches before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, so he could have gone longer had Mike Redmond not made the right choice to get a batter into a critical seventh inning situation. More on that in a moment.
Turner looked sharp for most of the evening, limiting walks and getting seven whiffs in 76 pitches, which about matches his average rate for the season. He was economic with his pitch count and scattered six hits along the way. The only major instance of trouble came in the fifth, when he allowed singles to Yorvit Torrealba and Dexter Fowler, both sandwichin a sacrifice bunt that led to a first and third situation with one out. Turner allowed just a sacrifice fly to score the run, but it was one of only two innings in which he allowed more than one baserunner, not including the seventh inning in which one extra runner reached on an error on an attempted double play.
Unfortunately, it was good enough to beat the Marlins' offense tonight, as the Fish could not find their way around the bases in full. The team was able to get multiple baserunners on board in four innings in this one, including two situations in which the Fish threatened to score multiple runs. The most egregious problem came in the seventh inning, when the Marlins loaded the bases with no one out on consecutive singles by Donovan Solano and Jeff Mathis followed by a hit-by-pitch on pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich struck out consecutively, and Giancarlo Stanton failed to deliver, leading to an empty inning.
Christian Yelich's second Major League game did not go as smoothly as the first. Yelich was 0-for-4 with his first strikeout, though he did draw a walk as well. Jake Marisnick also failed to get on base, as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.