Last week when he faced the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez recorded 14 strikeouts, didn’t allow a run, and gave up 3 hits while earning his 3rd win of the year. Tonight, the Braves and Marlins played game one of their 3-game series in Miami, and Fernandez pitched just as well even though he didn’t have too: The Marlins beat the Braves 9-0.
Alex Wood was Atlanta’s starting pitcher tonight, giving up 7 earned runs in 5 innings on 10 hits. Wood, who has pitched extremely well for the Braves this season, is charged with his 4th loss of the year. Even though he already has 4 losses, Wood’s ERA is just 2.93 including the 7 earned runs he gave up tonight, indicating he hasn’t received much run support so far this season.
Fernandez, like in his start last week, worked 8 innings and earned the win, his 4th of the season. He gave up just 2 hits all night and struck out 8 Braves, while walking just 2. Fernandez’s ERA is now 1.99.
Atlanta had just 3 hits tonight, one each from Jason Heyward, Ramiro Pena, and Ryan Doumit. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 8th home run of the year, a 2-run homer. Former Brave Jarrod Saltalmacchia also homered for Miami, a solo shot and his 5th of the season. Stanton, Saltalmacchia, Ed Lucas, Marcell Ozuna, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jose Fernandez, and Christian Yelich also had RBI’s for the Marlins tonight. Anthony Varvaro, who worked 2 innings of relief for Atlanta, gave up the final 2 runs to Miami before Gus Schlosser worked a scoreless bottom of the 8th inning. Marlins reliever Carlos Marmol finished the game with a scoreless 9th inning.
Game 2 of the series will be played tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:10 EST. Aaron Harang (3-1, 0.85 ERA) will pitch for the Braves, while Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 2.87 ERA) will go for the Marlins.
By Chris Castle