Turner might’ve went hitless on the day, but he got on base twice and showed how his resilience is exactly the ethos of this Dodgers team. In the top of the fifth inning, fans nearly went into a spiral after their star shortstop was hit in the head with a fastball from Marlins starter Edward Cabrera.
Turner fell to the ground, appeared to be dazed for a moment, but quickly rose to his feet, tossed his bat aside, put his helmet back on, and trotted to first base (clearly in frustration). Who could blame him? It was a 96 MPH heater.
He turned that anger into productivity though, as he stole second base on the very next offering from Cabrera. Safe by a mile, got a jump on the right-hander’s slow windup, and nailed the execution after a breaking ball was thrown.
Though Turner didn’t score that inning, this steal more than likely set the tone for the Dodgers’ forthcoming onslaught, which ended up putting the game far out of reach for the lowly Marlins.
Dodgers’ Trea Turner stole second immediately after getting hit in the head
Not even close, but thanks for trying! That was stolen bag No. 21 on the year and marked the beginning of the end of Cabrera’s afternoon.
The top of the sixth featured the right-hander’s unraveling, to the tune of another three runs. He got two of the first three batters of the inning out, but then walked Gavin Lux and Trayce Thompson before the bullpen was called upon. That made matters worse. Two more hits made the score 6-1 and Cabrera was charged with all of them (on five hits and three walks).
It ended up being a fun day for Turner and the Dodgers despite the few moments that induced complete silence. The inning before the incident, Turner was mic’ed up on the Peacock broadcast and made a play at shortstop for the viewers.
The content Dodgers fans want and need. And one of the many reasons the Dodgers need to re-sign him in the offseason or extend him before he becomes a free agent.
He’s a gamer, entertainer and fun personality. He managed to keep it all together despite taking a heater off the dome, too. Not much can throw Turner off course and that’s why he’s one of the best to watch in the sport.