There have not been too many bright spots for the Miami Marlins this season, but they are on their way to a winning record in June after a dominant victory over the San Diego Padres Saturday by the red-hot Jacob Turner.
Turner earned his second victory after allowing one earned run and seven hits in an impressive complete game. He struck out a season-high seven in the nine-inning win, which took him 111 pitches to accomplish. His ERA for the season now stands at 1.76 on the year in six starts since being called up from Triple-A, and the Marlins are now 4-2 in his starts.
All six of Turner’s outings have resulted in a quality start, and only once has he allowed more than two earned runs. He isn’t a big-time strikeout pitcher, but he was able to put down seven on Saturday and could be improving in that department.
The 22-year-old was the ninth overall pick for the Detroit Tigers in 2009 and was their top-rated prospect heading into the 2010 season. After pitching well in the minors, Turner got the call for the Tigers in 2011 but had an 8.53 ERA in three starts before getting sent down. He was then acquired by the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez trade and was called up even after struggling in Triple-A this season.
The move has worked out for both Turner and the Marlins as he has been one of their more reliable starters. With the return of Giancarlo Stanton and an improved rotation, the Marlins are looking far from the team that won just six games in May.