Notebook: Cuban players' presence growing in Major Leagues
MAY 04, 2014 12:10p ET
The problem lies in the frequency that occurs for Marmol, who is more known for his wildness over nine big-league seasons.
"I made one mistake -- pitch right down the middle and it was supposed to go away -- and he hit it far," Marmol said after the game.
Prior to the Crawford at-bat, there was a delay while Olivo argued with home-plate umpire Dan Iassogna over whether strike three was fouled off. The umpires convened to discuss it and the call stood. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout to complain.
While this sequence took place, Marmol didn't throw any warm-up pitches.
"It's tough. That call is tough," Marmol said. "You're already warmed up, sweaty and then you stop for a minute, two minutes. I don't try to make excuses. I feel bad because the team played well. We were down a lot of runs and we were able to tie the game."
Marmol (0-2, 6.35 ERA), who also gave up a pair of runs and issued a walk on Friday, was pulled after just one out. Last week, he exited a game in Atlanta with a pulled hamstring and didn't pitch again until this Tuesday -- a span of six days.
In that outing, he pitched a scoreless inning with one hit and one strikeout. He had six consecutive shutout appearances until this weekend.
"He's in a rut right now," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's pitching behind and he's got to get ahead of guys and be able to finish hitters. That's what we need him to do."
Miami had to battle back from five runs down on Saturday because right-hander Jacob Turner struggled during his worst start as a Marlin.
Turner surrendered six runs on nine hits over four innings. Of his 69 pitches, 42 were for strikes. On July 17, 2012, he gave up seven earned runs on six hits in just two innings in a loss to the Angels as a member of the Tigers.
The 22-year-old has not won since July 10, 2013 -- a span of 14 starts.
Los Angeles scored six two-out runs. Twice Turner failed to get a shutdown frame when the offense knotted things up. The Dodgers broke the game open with a four-run fourth on four hits.
Uribe and Olivo singled with one out. Dee Gordon drove Uribe in with a bloop single to left before Puig belted a 78 mph hanging breaking ball for a three-run dinger into the Budweiser Bar.
"I felt like I made some quality pitches that they put good swings on, and obviously made some mistakes that they capitalized on," said Turner, who struck out three and walked one. "Obviously, the biggest one being Puig's homer. I've just got to execute better with two outs."
Turner, who was reinstated from the disabled list for the game after sustaining a right shoulder strain swinging during batting practice in early April, made two rehab starts for Single-A Jupiter where he went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA.
On Monday, he allowed just a homer on four hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk for the Hammerheads. In his other major-league start of 2014 on April 3, he gave up five runs on eight hits over six frames for a no decision.
"I think it just looked like command," Redmond said. "He threw some really good pitches early, threw some good breaking balls but it seemed like he was teetering the whole four innings."
This weekend's Dodgers-Marlins series highlighted three players born in Cuba competing in the heart of Little Havana.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria as well as Puig represent the growing presence of Cuban players in the Major Leagues.
There were 22 guys last season -- the most since the 1970s. There are 19 this year as of May 4. Rookie Jose Abreu entered Sunday tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the most RBI (33) in the big leagues. Fernandez is one of the top pitchers in baseball.
"They bring a lot of excitement," Redmond said. "I haven't gotten to see Puig play a whole lot, but Jose and Hech -- these guys are really good. They bring an excitement and energy to Major League Baseball."
Fernandez's and Hechavarria's impact haven't gone unnoticed by the second-year manager, who realizes their importance to the organization and community.
Both players made their Miami debuts in 2013 during a rebuilding season.
"These two guys came to us at the perfect time when we needed positives and great stories," Redmond said. "We needed some positive things to happen down here, and these guys came along at the perfect time. Jose did what he did and gave us a big shot in the arm. Just to understand their stories and how they got here and all they've gone through.
"I just feel lucky that I'm able to manage these guys and that they're playing in a place where they're loved and bring a lot of excitement to our ballclub and for this community."
White Sox player Dayan Viciedo attended the same school as Fernandez in Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba, but is four years older. Fernandez escaped the communist country as a 14-year-old. Though they never played baseball together, they are good friends.
The 21-year-old said he loves Miami and the support he has gotten from fans of all walks of life.
As to what makes Cuban-born players so successful?
"They want to play the right way, and that's how we play," Fernandez said. "That's what its all about -- playing with heart and loving the game, respecting the game. That's the most important part."
One of Miami's top pitching prospects, Justin Nicolino, exited his Double-A Jacksonville start on Saturday in the bottom of the third after getting hit by a line drive.
Nicolino had an X-ray on his left forearm. The results came back negative.
Manager Andy Barkett said postgame that the lefty should make his next start and is day-to-day with a forearm bruise.
Following the game Nicolino tweeted, "Everything is all good...I'll be back at it tomorrow! Proud of the boys for picking me up tonight for the big win."