Jose Fernandez was at his best Tuesday striking out 14 in eight innings in a 1-0 Miami Marlins win over the Atlanta Braves.
Fernandez matched a career high with the 14 strikeouts and fell only two short of the franchise record held by Ricky Nolasco. In that record setting game in 2009, Nolasco was also pitching at Turner Field. The Marlins' ace allowed no runs on three hits and walked none but was lifted due to his pitch count which ballooned to 109 in the eighth. Fernandez threw 77 of his pitches for strikes showing exceptional control once again.
Fernandez was visibly upset when he returned to the dugout after the eighth and was greeted by manager Mike Redmond with a handshake. That gesture signified the end of his night and prompted Fernandez to walk to the other end of the dugout and throw a baseball to the ground. Steve Cishek entered in the ninth inning and earned his fourth save of the year along with his 33rd consecutive conversion overall.
Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to lead off the game. The lone run for Miami came in the fourth inning on a Casey McGehee RBI single which followed a double by GIancarlo Stanton. The double was the sixth of the year for Stanton and was one of only four hits for Miami in the game. The Marlins were 1-1 with runners in scoring position cashing in when they had their only chance of the game. The team struck out a combined 11 times against Alex Wood who was nearly as dominant as Fernandez.
The Marlins will look to win the series on Wednesday when Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for a noon start.