Behind Early Deficit, Marlins Lose To Braves

Marlins Fall 2 Games Back Of First Place With Loss

Jacob Turner

The Marlins failed to complete a comeback from an early 5-0 deficit to the Braves and are now 2 games out of first place in the division.

Jacob Turner got the start and picked up the loss, as he struggled with his command allowing 4 walks, 7 hits, and 5 runs (4 earned) over five innings.

Turner doesn’t have enough innings to qualify for the ERA leaderboard, but if he did he would have the 4th highest ERA in all of baseball. This is definitely not what the Marlins expected out of the young right-hander this season.

The scoring started in the top of the third inning, with Freddie Freeman doubling in Gerald Laird and Jason Heyward. Justin Upton then drove him in on a ground ball that was scored as both a base hit for Upton and a throwing error for Hechavarria.

Jason Heyward then cashed in on a two-run single in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Tommy La Stella and Gerald Laird, making it 5-0 Braves.

The Marlins answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Derek Dietrich.

Dietrich then tripled in Christian Yelich and scored on Casey McGehee’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning, making it 5-3 Braves.

The Braves later added a run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Tommy La Stella.

The Marlins, however, weren’t about to give up yet, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by Casey McGehee and an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna, making it 6-5 Braves.

The Braves then added three runs in the top of the ninth to make it 9-5, and though the Marlins loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth they couldn’t cash in as Casey McGehee grounded out to short to end the game.

Tomorrow the Marlins look to avoid the sweep as they send Nate Eovaldi (4-2, 3.36) to the mound to face Arron Harang (4-4, 3.29) and the Braves.

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.