Friday night's game against the Indians was perhaps the Marlins' best showing all season. Jose Fernandez recorded 14 strikeouts, shutting out the Indians while the Marlins recorded a whopping 16 hits to win 10-0. But, as their bats cooled on Saturday, Miami continues to fall just short of four consecutive wins.
Jacob Turner found himself battling through several situations on Saturday, including some critical 3-0 counts and scoring threats. For the most part, the Marlins' righty did his job well.
Turner went six innings on Saturday, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. For most of the start, his pitches found some way to veer out of the zone. He didn't get too many 50/50 calls either, making hitting his spots even more critical.
Saturday's game marked Turner's third straight quality start. To note, he's had some control issues in those contests. In eighteen combined innings, Turner's walked seven batters.
The walk count withstanding, the 22 year old out of Saint Charles , MO, boats a sterling 2.69 ERA, coupled with a solid 1.20 WHIP in 2013.
Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs have presented problems on the base paths for sever major league teams. Saturday just happened to be the day they would hurt the Marlins.
In the top of the third inning, Bourn made his way to first base after outrunning a ground-out to Hechavarria. He would then promptly steal second. A wild pitch from Turner advanced Bourn to third base.
Then, catcher Rob Brantly, in an attempt to gun down one of the fastest men in baseball, erred on a throw to third. Instead, the ball went flying out of the infield and onto left-field territory, allowing Bourn to score relatively easily.
That's the kind of speed that the Marlins had to deal with on Saturday, the kind that has a base-runner score a run without ever hitting the balling out of the infield.
In the seventh inning, Stubbs and Bourn pulled a successful double steal on Marlins reliever Dan Jennings. Stubbs made his way to third while Bourn made it to second.
Miami watched Cleveland swipe six bags on the night, a mark made even more impressive when considering that Brantly has been gunning runners down all season.