Marlins 1, Braves 0: Jose Fernandez strikes out 14, too much for Braves

Braves manage only 3 hits in loss

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionApril 22, 2014 

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Atlanta Braves pinch hitter Ryan Doumit (4) is tagged out by Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) after hitting a ground ball to Fernandez in the eight inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

JOHN BAZEMORE — AP

ATLANTA -- Jose Fernandez saved the electricity for his pitches Tuesday night in his first start since inciting a bases-clearing confrontation against the Braves last September, and that was headache enough for the Braves.

Fernandez matched his career-high with 14 strikeouts, making a 1-0 lead stand up on Alex Wood on a night when the Braves young left-hander was nearly as nasty, with a career-high 11 strikeouts of his own.

Braves fans already had a pretty good idea of what a bulldog Wood is, both in college choice and demeanor on the mound, but the second round pick out of the University of Georgia took it to new heights on Tuesday.

Tasked with the reigning NL rookie of the year and his nasty repertoire, Wood came up with some dirty work of his own. Wood might have lacked about five mph on his fastball, compared to Fernandez's, but he attacked hitters with the same ferocity. He had matched his career-high in strikeouts with nine by the sixth inning.

The Marlins managed back-to-back hard-hit balls in the fourth -- a Giancarlo Stanton double, followed by a Casey McGehee RBI single -- to take a 1-0 lead. The only other hits he'd given up to that point were on bunt singles.

For his efforts, Wood dropped a second straight 1-0 game, after losing last Thursday to A.J. Burnett and the Phillies by the same score. He allowed only four hits over eight innings, walked none, and threw 75 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

It wasn't enough to top Fernandez, though.

Chris Johnson singled to right field to lead off the eighth to break up a streak of 11 in a row retired by Fernandez, including five in a row at one point, via strikeout. Johnson's hit was the Braves' first since Jason Heyward took Fernandez to the opposite field for line drive to lead off the game.

Fernandez retired Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis on back-to-back strikeouts, leaving a solitary Braves fan of the 18,275 at Turner Field at Turner Field to implore Andrelton Simmons to "do something!" with his next at-bat. Simmons responded by beating out an infield hit to give the Braves only their second runner in scoring position on the night, the first time without the benefit of a balk. But Fernandez coaxed a groundout from Ryan Doumit to end the threat.

Not only was the Marlins' 21-year-old right-hander bringing his impressive heat -- touching 99 mph on the radar gun by the second inning -- he was commanding his devastating breaking ball.

Fernandez got Justin Upton to swing and miss at one sweeping out of the strike zone, and then left Dan Uggla frozen at the plate, watching a third strike breaking ball catch the plate.

Watching it all from his couch was former Brave Chipper Jones, who tweeted: "Wow. Guys like this make me glad I retired. He is D-irt-eeee!"

Braves' Minor to make 1 more rehab start in minors

ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Mike Minor's season debut has been pushed back so he can make one more minor league start in his recovery from tendinitis in his left shoulder.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Minor will start for Double-A Mississippi in Pensacola on Friday.

Gonzalez says the team wants Minor to have his sixth minor league start to equal a normal spring training workload.

Before Tuesday's announcement, Minor had been tentatively scheduled to start for Atlanta on Saturday against Cincinnati.

Minor had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which pushed back his spring schedule.

He then developed the shoulder soreness and was shut down in spring training.

Gonzalez says Minor has had no recurrence of the shoulder problem and should be ready to join the Atlanta rotation after Friday's start.

Marlins 1, Braves 0 Miami AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Yelich lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .333 Ozuna cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .312 Stanton rf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .282 McGehee 3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .291 Saltalamacchia c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .259 G.Jones 1b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .234 Hechavarria ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .286 Solano 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .238 Fernandez p 3 0 1 0 0 2 .111 Cishek p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Totals 31 1 4 1 0 13 Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Heyward rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .179 B.Upton cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .205 Freeman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .351 J.Upton lf 3 0 0 0 0 3 .303 C.Johnson 3b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .267 1-Pastornicky pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 R.Pena 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 Uggla 2b 3 0 0 0 0 3 .222 Gattis c 3 0 0 0 0 3 .286 Simmons ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .300 A.Wood p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-Doumit ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 D.Carpenter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Totals 30 0 3 0 0 15 Miami 000 100 000—1 4 1 Atlanta 000 000 000—0 3 0 a-grounded out for A.Wood in the 8th. 1-ran for C.Johnson in the 8th. E—McGehee (2). LOB—Miami 3, Atlanta 3. 2B—Stanton (6). RBIs—McGehee (16). Runners left in scoring position—Atlanta 2 (J.Upton, Doumit). RISP—Miami 1 for 1; Atlanta 0 for 2. GIDP—B.Upton. DP—Miami 1 (Hechavarria, Solano, G.Jones). Miami IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Fernandez W, 3-1 8 3 0 0 0 14 109 1.99 Cishek S, 4-4 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0.00 Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA A.Wood L, 2-3 8 4 1 1 0 11 100 1.54 D.Carpenter 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 3.00 Balk—Fernandez. Umpires—Home, Doug Eddings; First, Marvin Hudson; Second, Cory Blaser; Third, Jim Joyce. T—2:08. A—18,275 (49,586).

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