Miami Marlins stumble as Chicago Cubs win in 13th inning
06/17/2014 12:13 AM
07/31/2014 5:15 PM
Jacob Turner was part of the fallout in Monday’s flood of roster moves, banished from the starting rotation and placed in the bullpen, a spot where he had never before stepped foot.
It didn’t take long for Turner to receive his first taste of relief work, and it didn’t turn out well.
Travis Wood — a pitcher who swings a solid bat — delivered the go-ahead run in the 13th inning with a two-out double as the Cubs scraped out a 5-4 victory over the Marlins.
It was the third extra-inning game in four days for the Marlins — not to mention the second 13-inning affair since Friday — and they ended up losing for a second time.
Turner, who was making his first major-league relief appearance, gave up a two-out single in the 13th to Junior Lake before Wood lashed a double down the third-base line. Wood brought a .250 average with a pair of homers and eight RBI this season into the at bat.
The Cubs have now won three out of four from the Marlins since June 6.
The Marlins bats went ice cold in extra frames.
Giancarlo Stanton reclaimed the National League home run lead with his 19th home run, a two-run shot off Jason Hammel in the first that was a laser beam down the line in right. The ball was never more than 20 to 25 feet off the ground and got out in a hurry.
The Marlins increased their lead to 3-0 in the third on Casey McGehee’s two-out single.
But Tom Koehler couldn’t make it hold up. After turning in five scoreless innings in which he allowed only one base runner — a leadoff single in the third by Mike Olt — Koehler fell apart in the sixth.
Ex-Marlin John Baker beat out an infield single to start inning and, after the Cubs loaded the bases one out later, Anthony Rizzo trimmed the deficit to 3-1 with a ground ball out. Starlin Castro then followed with a 3-run homer to put the Cubs on top, 4-3.
The Marlins tied it in the sixth when Adeiny Hechavarria followed Marcell Ozuna’s triple with a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, the Marlins loaded the bases with one out but came up empty. Manager Mike Redmond allowed Garrett Jones to stay in against a lefty and his ground ball was turned into a force out at home. Ozuna struck out looking to end the threat.
Chris Hatcher turned in another standout job in relief, whiffing the first two batters he faced in the seventh before being lifted after giving up a single. Hatcher has now struck out 12 of the past 16 batters he’s faced. And, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Marlins pitcher ever to strike out 12 over any 13-out stretch, one that is still ongoing.
Reliever Bryan Morris, who worked the 10th and 11th, also extended his run of consecutive scoreless innings with the Marlins to 9 1/3 since coming over in the trade with Pittsburgh.
THIS AND THAT• Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) began a rehab assignment Monday at Single A Jupiter and could be back by the Marlins by the end of the week.
• Recently signed reliever Kevin Gregg is expected to join the Marlins as soon as he makes back-to-back relief outings at Triple A.
• Rafael Furcal wasn’t in the starting lineup Monday, a day after fouling a ball off his left knee. Furcal should be back in the lineup Tuesday, Redmond said.
• Jake Marisnick, who was called up after Christian Yelich was placed on the 15-day DL, started in center Monday and singled in his first at-bat. Redmond said he prefers to keep Marisnick in center, with Marcell Ozuna going to left, until Yelich returns.
• The Marlins signed first-round pick Tyler Kolek. The 18-year-old pitcher is expected to report to Jupiter, where he’ll begin throwing in extended spring training.
COMING UP• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.56 ERA) vs. Chicago Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.77), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.71) vs. Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.09), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
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