Miami Marlins‘ Friday night starting pitcher, right-hander Jose Fernandez, had a great game in his first appearance against the first-place Atlanta Braves. Fernandez faced the Braves for the first time in his career and if it was not for one mistake to slugging first baseman Freddie Freeman, the Marlins may have pulled out a win. However, the Miami bats were dormant again, for about the millionth time this season as they lost 2-1.
In six innings, Fernandez allowed one home to Freeman in the first inning and the rest of the way struck out eight batters and allowing three hits. He walked just two batters and was charged with his sixth loss of the season. However, the loss clearly does not lie on his shoulders as it was the Braves pitching that kept the Marlins’ offense in check.
A Christian Yelich RBI in the top of the third was the only run that the Marlins produced. The team left seven runners on base in the game and was 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Julio Tehran struck out eight batters picking up his No. 11 win of the season and moving the Braves to 82-52 as they march for 100 wins.
Justin Ruggiano was 0-for-4 and Giancarlo Stanton was 1-for-4.
If the Marlins want to win games in the future, they have to figure out how to produce runs. If nobody hits then nobody can score. Runs were key to get Fernandez another win but he offense came up way short.