JUPITER, Fla. -- Spring Training statistics may not matter, but performance does.
That's what bothers Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner, who had a rough day on Thursday.
In his first Grapefruit League start, the 21-year-old didn't make it through the first inning. He allowed six runs and faced nine batters while logging one out in Miami's 8-2 loss to the Cardinals.
"Every time you go out there, you're trying to compete," Turner said. "You want to do good every time. It doesn't matter to me if the statistics count or don't count. It stings the same."
Turner is next going to pitch on Tuesday in a "B" game against the Mets in Jupiter.
"It's an off-day for the Mets, so they're coming here to play," manager Mike Redmond said. "We have so many pitchers, we have to play some "B" games and some intrasquad games to get those guys some work."
More of an issue for Turner was his delivery, which was a bit off. Health-wise, he's fine.
Early Friday morning, Turner was polishing up his delivery.
"I was a little too antsy throwing the pitch, rather than just staying back and really driving the pitch to the plate," he said. "It was frustrating to me, not being able to make those adjustments. That's something that can't happen. It did. I think you have to look at the positives and try to really figure out what went wrong. That way it doesn't happen again. Correct those problems."
Turner looked at some video, and feels he was mechanically off a bit.
"Just getting a little too quick," he said. "A little bit of just rushing through my delivery. I think my tempo was fine. Being a little bit too quick to the plate, trying to throw the pitch before I should have, so to speak. I think whenever you get the first guy on like that, walking him on four or five pitches like that, it just kind of snowballed from there."
Entering the game, Turner felt fine.
"I felt comfortable before I went out there," he said. "It was just a matter of, I think, I went out there and for whatever reason, I wasn't synced up the way I should have been. Obviously, the results showed that."