Veteran and Youth Combine to Lift Miami Marlins over Atlanta Braves

By Chris Teale
Placido Polanco
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

In the series finale, it took a young pitcher combined with an experienced batter to deliver the Miami Marlins their first win since July 4 over the Atlanta Braves by a score of 6-2.

The Marlins were carried by the highly impressive Jacob Turner, who threw seven innings and gave up two earned runs on just four hits. Out of eight starts this year for Miami, Turner has given up three runs or fewer in seven of those.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 22-year-old from St. Charles, Missouri, who began this season with the New Orleans Zephyrs in Triple-A. After some struggles last season, Turner seems to have found his feet in the major leagues.

He was backed by some stellar offense, with four runs coming in the first inning thanks to RBI doubles from Giancarlo Stanton and Placido Polanco and an RBI single from Jeff Mathis.

That was just the start of a superb evening’s work for the 37-year-old Polanco, who went 3-5 in the game with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Ed Lucas and Juan Pierre.

However, while the Marlins did have some issues despite their early advantage, leaving 12 runners on base and going 4-14 with runners in scoring position, they will be delighted to take this victory and end their five-game winning streak.

Particularly encouraging is the form of Turner, who now looks to be fulfilling the promise he showed in 2010. Baseball America named him as the 26th best prospect in baseball. If his dominance on the mound continues, Miami will be hopeful of more victories like this one.

Chris Teale is a British-American Soccer and MLB writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter here or view his writer’s page here.

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