Since Jacob Turner picked up his last win on July 10th, all Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez have been hoping to do is get the 22-year old right-hander out of a game on a positive note.
It didn’t happen Sunday. Turner struggled again, lasting a season-low four innings as the Nationals closed out the series by taking the rubber match 6-4 in front of 18,990 at Marlins Park.
Given a 3-1 lead in the second thanks to a pair of balks by Stephen Strasburg, Turner couldn’t protect it, surrendering nine hits and five earned runs before Redmond finally pulled the plug.
“Obviously the team in order to get the lead is battling. To give it right back, just frustrating is all I can say,” said Turner, who has now gone 0-4 with a 4.56 ERA, 33 walks and 33 strikeouts in his 10 starts since the All-Star Break.
“I’m not making pitches when I need to make them. The biggest thing is locating my fastball the way I need to. It’s frustrating.”
Acquired as the big piece in the Anibal Sanchez-Omar Infante trade with the Tigers, Redmond said all the Marlins (53-88) can continue to do is run him out there and let him work through it.
“It’s funny. He breezes through the fourth inning with the heart of the order and then you think the bottom half is coming up, he can get through this fifth inning and get him out on a positive note,” Redmond said. “And it just didn’t happen.”
Redmond said he doesn’t expect Giancarlo Stanton to be back in the lineup Monday when the Braves visit. Stanton aggravated his sore right ankle in Saturday’s loss. X-rays taken were negative. Stanton said he didn’t do any baseball activities Sunday and rested his foot.
Donna Glendenning, 66, and her 91-year old mother Eloise Card, a pair of diehard Marlins fans who have spent the past four years watching every game together on TV while talking over the phone, lived out a dream Sunday morning as special guests of the team.
The Marlins went to their South Florida homes to pick them up in a limo, then they took them to the ballpark, treated them to lunch and gave them personalized jerseys with their last names and ages on it along with tickets in the Diamond Level section, two rows behind home plate.
The best part: “I got to meet Jose Fernandez,” Card said. “And that made my day. He’s such a nice young man.”
Card also bragged about getting a hug from Fernandez, the Marlins’ 21-year old All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year favorite. Her and her daughter later got to present the lineup card to the umpire before the game alongside Marlins skipper Mike Redmond. “We also got to holler ’Play ball’,” Glendenning said.
Sunday’s game was the first time mother and daughter actually got to watch a game together at Marlins Park. Since Saturday night’s game wasn’t televised, Card said she sat by her computer and watched the game online while providing updates over the phone to her daughter.
“I talk to my mom almost every day,” said Lauren Glendenning, who accompanied her mother and grandma to the game after flying in from Vail, Colo. for the weekend.
“If I call her she’ll say ‘I’m on the other line with grandma because the Marlins game is on.’ Over the years I said, ‘You guys really are watching all these games together?’ I just thought it was amazing.”
Lauren, a graduate of Hollywood Hills High, sent the Marlins a link to a story the Miami Herald had written about her grandmother and mother’s commitment to the Marlins last month. The team followed up with a phone call and invite to the park.
“I thought, ’Oh maybe they’ll invite them to a game.’ But I had no idea they were going to roll out the red carpet,” Lauren said. “ They created a really special memory they’ll have for the rest of their lives. I’m so happy, so grateful.”
Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Kris Medlen (12-12, 3.48), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.70) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (11-7, 3.01), 7:10 p.m. Marlins Park.
Alvarez will face the Braves for the fourth time this season. He’s 0-1 with a 5.82 ERA thus far. Medlen is 2-0 with a 2.08 in his starts against the Marlins this season.