Jacob Turner didn't receive a win in his Marlins debut. Then again, he didn't receive the help he needed from his fielders or umpires, either.
Turner, the centerpiece in the Marlins' trade with the Detroit Tigers for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante last month, took the loss as the Marlins dropped the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, 3-2, before also losing the second game, 3-0.
Turner gave up a two-run home run to the second batter he faced, Aaron Hill. But he also showed why the Marlins coveted him in their trade with Detroit, which also included catcher Rob Brantly.
"Outstanding," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who was ejected in the third inning and missed much of the performance. "He was very relaxed on the mound. He made one bad pitch, but I like what I see. Great to see a kid that agehis body language was outstanding."
Turner went six innings, holding Arizona to three runs on four hits. He struck out five and did not issue any walks.
Had he received any help from first baseman Carlos Lee or second base umpire Jim Joyce, the final result might have turned out differently. Lee failed to make a routine grab on Gerardo Parra's ground ball, which was hit to his right in the third inning and made it past for a single.
And Joyce called Parra safe on his stolen base attempt even though second baseman Donovan Solano felt otherwise. Solano said he tagged Parra on the foot, and replays proved him correct. Parra scored what turned out to be the deciding run on Hill's RBI single.
"I got him," Solano said. "I saw the replay. He was out."
Guillen was ejected by first base umpire Angel Campos in the top half of the third. Guillen felt that Diamondbacks starter Tyler Skaggs was guilty of a balk earlier in the inning and voiced his complaint. He said he thinks he was ejected because he tossed some water out on the field, but that it was not aimed at Campos.
"I was arguing balk," Guillen said. "The excuse he's going to make is that I threw water at him. I never did. I just threw it on the field, and all of a sudden the players were telling me I got kicked out of the game. I would like to say what they're going to say in the report. I wonder what the reason is today why I got kicked out of the game."
The Marlins also didn't provide much help to Turner in the way of run support. After defeating the Diamondbacks 12-3 on Monday and recovering from a 5-0 deficit in the first inning on Tuesday before winning 6-5 in the 10th, the Marlins were flat at the plate against Skaggs, who was making his major league debut.
Justin Ruggiano hit his 12th home run, a two-run shot, but the Marlins did little else at the plate as Skaggs held them to only three hits over 6 2/3 innings to get the win.
Those would turn out to be the only runs the Marlins scored all day.
"All day we didn't do much offensively," Guillen said of the Marlins, who totaled only 10 hits in the two games.
Turner said he felt "more nervous" in Wednesday's outing than he did in any of his six starts with the Tigers before being traded. But he said that had more to do with playing with an unfamiliar team.
"Just being with a new team and you don't know everybody," Turner said.
Buck said he was impressed with Turner.
"I think he's going to be one of those guys who keeps you in the game and eats a lot of innings," Buck said. "I feel like he can get through a lineup pretty quick, and turn that lineup over without getting to too many pitches."
Guillen said Turner deserves to remain in the rotation, but that no decision has been made concerning how the Marlins intend to address that issue.
"The way he throws, he should stay," Guillen said. "But, it's got to go through the system."
The Diamondbacks Wade Miley outdueled the Marlins' Wade LeBlanc in the second game.
"Unfortunately, he was the better Wade tonight," LeBlanc said.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the Diamondbacks added two more runs in the fourth, an inning in which the rookie Brantly was charged with two passed balls, one of which allowed a run to score. Brantly was also picked off first in the fifth after reaching on a fielder's choice.
"Obviously, he wasn't too pretty behind the plate," Guillen said. "We know him coming here, that's what we're going to deal with. It's not the kid's fault. We want to see him. Hopefully with more playing time, he'll get more relaxed."