Fraud #11: Crown Me!


Justin Ruggiano took a huge weight off his shoulders, no doubt. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP (via Yahoo! Sports).

Miami pulled a major upset and won the rubber game of the series against the red-hot Kansas City Royals despite Jacob Turner’s extremely shaky start.

The righty made his best imitation of Carlos Zambrano, allowing four hits and walking a whopping six batters in five innings of work. 51 of his 89 deliveries were balls. He joined an elite (?) group due to his lack of control, at least according to a Sun-Sentinel article:

According to Stats, LLC, Turner is the fifth starter since 1988 to throw 89 or more pitches and 38 or fewer strikes. Randy Johnson on June 1, 1991 over four innings of an outing for the Mariners against the Rangers totaled 89 pitches, 36 strikes. A member of the Tigers, Randy Nosek in a May 27, 1989 outing against the Royals threw 97 pitches, only 38 for strikes.

The other three all were in 1992: Jim Bullinger (89/36) and Shawn Boskie (109/22) for the Cubs and Tim Belcher (100/25) for the Reds.

The funniest part of all this is that despite putting more people on the bases than those you can count during rush hour on Tokyo’s Subway, Turner allowed only two runs. He got a no-decision.

Justin Ruggiano broke out of his 0-for-42 slump in a big way, collecting three hits and an RBI in the fourth. It was the only run allowed by KC starter Ervin Santana over six frames. He was four hitless ABs away from tying the longest such streak for a position player, held by former Giants infielder Eugenio Vélez.

The Feesh did most of their damage against the Royals’ bullpen, scoring two runs in the seventh and repeating the dose in the ninth. Donovan Solano and Logan Morrison chopped in with a pair of hits each and contributed the rest of the scoring. On the other hand, the Marlins’ relief corps were very solid: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Dan Jennings got his second win of the season, A.J. Ramos fired two scoreless and Steve Cishek got his 26th save; he’s only four away from doubling his 2012 output for this category.

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