The Miami Marlins came all the way back with a four run eighth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Thursday and win their first series of the year.
After trailing by three runs earlier in the game, the Marlins scored once each in the sixth and seventh before the wild eighth frame. Christian Yelich got the scoring started with a RBI single before Giancarlo Stanton singled home another run. Stanton also took second on a throw to the plate which put him in scoring position. That came into play as the next hitter Casey McGehee, who is off to a hot start in 2014 cleared the bases with a single of his own.
Stanton who homered a day earlier also added an RBI double in the first inning of this game. The slugger lined out in his next at-bat as he continued to take good swings at the plate. Doubles also came from Adeiny Hechavarria (1) and Turner (1). For the Marlins’ starting pitcher, that was his first career double but not his first extra-base hit as Turner did triple in 2013. McGehee tripled in the seventh inning to bring home a run and trim the deficit to only one at the time. McGehee now has four extra-base hits in four games as he compiled three doubles in the earlier contests.
Jacob Turner at times looked dominant and other times looked like a minor leaguer on Thursday. That kind of inconsistency is the reason that the former prospect spent time in AAA last season and was relegated towards the back of the rotation this season. In all Turner allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. As is the usual story for Turner, his strikeout totals were low with only one total to go along with three walks. The inability to overpower and strike opposing hitters out often leads to rallies against Turner.
Carlos Marmol saw his second action of the season with a scoreless seventh inning in which the electric reliever punched out two and walked none. The fact Marmol walked none stands out as control has always been an issue for him. If he can keep his composure under control, Marmol could prove to be an asset at the back end of the Miami bullpen. A.J. Ramos worked in his third game of the year when he turned in a perfect eighth inning. Thus far Ramos has worked 3.1 innings this season, and has yet to allow a run to score. In the ninth, Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st consecutive save.
The game featured a pair of replays with both becoming at the request of the Rockies. Both calls were upheld after review just as a challenge by Miami was on Wednesday. As the second review came in the eighth inning and after the Rockies had already lost their challenge, the umpires could’ve decided to not review the play. Ultimately after a brief conversation with Colorado manager Walt Weiss, the umpires opted to review a stolen base by Yelich.
The Marlins will begin a series against the San Diego Padres on Friday with Tom Koehler scheduled to make his season debut.