WASHINGTON -- Lost amid the thrill of the Marlins' extra-inning win after blowing a four-run lead on Friday night was the best outing of Jacob Turner's rookie season.
The 21-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of two-run, four-hit ball while striking out three and walking just one. But with a predetermined pitch count falling somewhere between 80 and 85 pitches, Turner's night ended at 81.
Considering the Marlins have the 23rd-ranked bullpen ERA (4.08) in baseball, manager Ozzie Guillen's decision to pull Turner seemed surprising -- especially considering the pitch count wasn't revealed until after the game.
"I felt good, but obviously that's not my decision," Turner said. "I felt like I got stronger as the game went on."
After the game, Guillen said the front office will decide if Turner pitches under a pitch count for the remainder of the season. Acquired from the Tigers in a late-July trade, Turner is the Marlins' third-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and is considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, with a mid-90s sinker and poise on the mound. On the year, Turner is 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. With Miami, he is 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings.
"We have to take care of everybody," Guillen said. "That's the reason we tried to stay away from him."