Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pitching in front of his family for the first time in his career, Turner struggled in a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday night.
Turner Struggles Early
Jacob Turner began the season in Triple-A New Orleans because the Marlins felt that his inconsistent command he displayed throughout Spring Training would get him into trouble. After a approximately a month and a half in the minors, Turner was called up and has had success.
His ERA has been below two since he was called up, though the Cardinals' approach against the right-hander led to several early runs.
Allen Craig drove in his 67th run of the season in the first to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead, and a three run third inning provided all the offense the Cardinals needed in support of Jake Westbrook.
St. Louis' approach against Turner explains a lot of the success with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals hitters had an opposite field mentality, and as a result were able to capitalize on Turner's off speed pitches that got most of the plate.
Turner had a hard time locating his fastball, though he was able to limit the damage and ended up going six innings, during which he walked one and struck out three.
Logan Morrison Goes Deep
Although he has yet to be a member of the club for a full month after spending time on the DL, first baseman Logan Morrison has made his presence noticed.
After the Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead, Morrison took a Westbrook pitch 441 feet for his second home run of the season.
Morrison's success has been more noticeable as a result of the recent struggles of Giancarlo Stanton
Marlins Can't Solve Jake Westbrook, Cardinals Bullpen
Despite the fact Miami defeated Jake Westbrook once earlier in the season, the Marlins were unable to solve the sinkerball pitcher on Friday.
Of the 21 outs he recorded, 18 of them were ground balls.
Aside from Morrison's home run and a first and second nobody out opportunity that was erased by a double play in the fifth, Westbrook was consistent and efficient through his seven innings of work.
The Marlins also had a hard time scoring against the Cardinals' bullpen, as Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth and closer Edward Mujica recorded the side in order in the ninth.