Jose Fernandez Struggles as Marlins Fall to Braves

Jose Fernandez had the worst start of his career in a 9-1 loss to Atlanta on Saturday

Jose Fernandez gave up nine runs on Saturday as his Miami Marlins fell to the Atlanta Braves by a final score of 9-1.

The nine runs allowed by Fernandez were the most in his career. Only six of the runs were earned, but Fernandez still saw his E.R.A rise to 2.69 on the season. Miami's ace now has a record of 10-4 this year.

Seven of Atlanta's runs came in the sixth inning when Fernandez's day came to an end. It took 100 pitches for Fernandez to finish his 5.2 innings of work in the game.

While Atlanta kept busy on the bases, Miami had difficulty getting its own offense going. The Marlins had seven hits and went an abysmal 1-10 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins left ten men on base in all with Miguel Rojas leaving six himself.

Ichiro Suzuki tripled for the first time this season and is now only 11 hits away from 3,000 in his career. Rojas would double for the fifth time on the year, with the rest of Miami's hits coming by way of singles.

Justin Bour was forced to exit the game early with a right ankle sprain and is considered day-to-day. Chris Johnson will likely be Miami's primary first baseman in the meantime.

The Marlins and Braves will play the series finale on Sunday at Fort Bragg. On the mound for Miami will be Adam Conley.

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