CINCINNATI — Juan Pierre was blunt about his performance Saturday.
“The ugliest day of the season,” Pierre said after going 0 for 6, striking out three times for the second day in a row, missing a fly ball in left and failing to drop down a critical bunt.
Manager Mike Redmond said he would sit Pierre on Sunday.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,” Redmond said of his slumping leadoff hitter. “He just in one of those funks.”
Pierre went down looking in all three strike outs Saturday. It marked only the third time in his career that he struck out at least two times on consecutive days. To make matters worse, his .225 on-base percentage is the worst in the majors among leadoff hitters with at least 50 plate appearances.
“It’s been ugly,” Pierre said. “It’s been ugly throughout the whole season, and this capped it off right there.”
Jacob Turner is off to a slow start at Triple A New Orleans, but the Marlins aren’t as troubled by the pitcher’s poor numbers as one would expect. Turner has gone 0-2 with a 8.74 ERA in three outings. He has given up 17 hits, three of them for home runs, in only 11 1/3 innings.
The Marlins obtained Turner, 21, and catcher Rob Brantly from Detroit in July for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez.
“I think it’s how you look at it,” Marlins general manager Michael Hill said. “A big goal for us was getting him back to what he was as an amateur, and we saw velocity and power to his stuff as an amateur. You didn’t see it as much when he was up with us last year. We didn’t see it at all in spring training.”
Turner, who was projected to be in the Marlins’ starting rotation, was instead optioned to Triple A because of a poor spring.
“He looked like he was trying to feel for the strike zone,” Hill said. “But our reports — although he has given up hits, given up runs — the velocity is back up. He’s starting to get back to that guy we saw as an amateur. He’s making progress, and that’s why we sent him down.”
Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 while striking out three times for Single A Jupiter on Friday in his first game back from a heel injury. After one day with the Hammerheads, Yelich joined Double A Jacksonville on Saturday, along with fellow outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (2-1, 4.24 ERA) at Cincinnati Reds RHP Homer Bailey (1-1, 3.32), 1:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-2, 3.86) at Minnesota Twins RHP Kevin Correia (1-1, 2.95), 8:10 p.m., Target Field.
Scouting report: Sanabia will put his perfect road mark on the line when the Marlins and Reds close out their series. Sanabia is 4-0 in 12 career games (nine starts) on the road. Sanabia has never faced the Reds. Cincinnati’s Bailey has not allowed a run in 18 of his 20 innings this season.