Turner Struggles To Control Cincinnati’s Bats In Loss

Reds Take Three Of Four Against Marlins At Home


The Marlins bats had trouble getting runners home in key situations this afternoon as they dropped the series finale against the Reds at home by a final of 7-1.

Jacob Turner got the start, just his third since returning to the rotation after making his previous eight appearances out of the bullpen, and struggled to control the Red bats, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks over just four innings of work.

Turner threw just 65 pitches through his four innings, but Mike Redmond didn’t want to let the game get out of hand any more than it had already with Miami down 5-1 when he exited.

Cincinnati scored a single run in the second and two runs in each the third and fourth innings, but the second inning could of been worse if not for this defensive gem by Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton:

The Marlins, however, scraped just one run against Reds starter Mike Leake despite mounting multiple threats, including a bases-loaded no out situation in the bottom of the third inning.

That inning the Marlins loaded the bases with Jeff Mathis (who doubled to lead off the inning), Turner (who reached on a fielding error by Leake on a bunt attempt) and Christian Yelich (who walked).

Jordany Valdespin came to the plate with a chance to get the Marlins back in this one, as they were down 3-0 at the time, but he hit a groundball to first-basemen Todd Frazier that almost turned into a double-play. Valdespin was called originally called safe at first, but Reds manager Bryan Price would challenge this one:

As noted above, the Reds had a 5-1 lead after five frames, and they would add two more in the top of the sixth inning on a two-out two-run single to center by Devin Mesoraco, scoring Mike Leake and Billy Hamilton.

J.J Hoover took over for Leake (102 pitches) in the bottom of the seventh inning, and though he didn’t allow a baserunner until two outs in the eighth when he walked Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones got to him with a two-out two-run home run, his twelth on the season.

That was all of the resistance Miami would offer in this one though, as they went on to lose this one by a final score of 7-3.

The team dropped three of four against Cincinnati at home and has dropped four of their last five games, dropping to 54-57 on the season. With the Washington Nationals are about to finish off a 4-0 win over the Phillies, the Fish will fall to seven games back of them for first place in the division.

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The Marlins will now head back on the road for a six-game trip which starts Tuesday night against the Pirates in PNC Park.

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.