The Miami Marlins looked to be dead to rights in their opening series finale versus the Colorado Rockies. They were down early thanks to the efforts (or lack thereof) of starter Jacob Turner, who was rocked in his regular season debut against the Rockies' formidable lineup. Miami trailed 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, and things looked bleak for the men in white and orange in the finale.
But the Fish rallied back, chipping away in the sixth and seventh innings with runs off of an Adeiny Hechavarria double and a Casey McGehee triple before the fountains exploded in the eighth inning. Miami picked up four runs in the eighth inning rally, starting off with a Hechavarria single that took two outs to advance to second base. Christian Yelich was the man to deliver the tying run with a flare single that barely got over the head of Troy Tulowitzki, and the floodgates opened from there. Yelich scored off an RBI single from Giancarlo Stanton, while McGehee continued to contribute with a two-run single that scored Stanton and Jeff Baker. The Fish stepped away from the eighth with a surprising 8-5 lead that was held by Steve Cishek in the ninth.
About the only disappointing factor to come out of today's comeback victory is the work of Turner, who struggled in his debut. Turner threw six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. He also only struck out one batter while walking three, continuing his ongoing command and control problems from last season. Turner's work had been promising in Spiring Training, but he sprung an early leak with the Rockies pouncing on him for three runs in the third inning, capped by a Michael Cuddyer two-run homer.
The Marlins escape with their first series victory of the season, something that did not happen until the end of April for last year's squad. They host the San Diego Padres in Marlins Park for a three-game set starting tomorrow night.