Game 2 of the Atlanta Braves 3-game set with the Miami Marlins featured a tremendous pitchers duel between Alex Wood for Atlanta and Jose Fernandez, who started for Miami. The final score was 1-0 in favor of the Marlins. For the first time since the year 1914, their were 27 strikeouts with no walks in a game. The Braves won the first game of the series last night 4-2 in extra innings; the rubber game of the series will be played tomorrow.
Alex Wood pitched 8 fantastic innings for the Braves; despite pitching great he is charged with the loss, his 3rd of the season already despite sporting an ERA of 1.54. In the 8 innings he pitched, Wood allowed only 4 hits and the 1 run. He also recorded a lot of strikeouts, picking up 11 of them.
Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Braves in the 8 innings he pitched for the Marlins. He is credited with his 3rd win of the season, and his ERA drops to 1.99. Fernandez only allowed 3 hits all night.
The only run of the game was scored by Miami in the top of the 4th inning on a Casey McGehee RBI single scoring Giancarlo Stanton. Their were only 7 hits in the game overall; 4 for the Marlins and 3 for the Braves. Jason Heyward, Chris Johnson, and Andrelton Simmons accounted for Atlanta’s hits. The only error of the game was made by Casey McGehee, his 2nd of the year. The game was saved by Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who earns his 4th save of the season for Miami.
The Braves and Marlins play the final game of their 3-game series early tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, with the game scheduled to begin at 12:10 EST. Aaron Harang (3-1, 0.70 ERA) attempts to continue his fantastic season for Atlanta tomorrow when he makes the start for the Braves. Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.55 ERA) will pitch for Miami. After tomorrow’s game, the Braves have an off-day Thursday before beginning a 3-game home series with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.
By Chris Castle