Again on Thursday night, amidst a rainy contest against the division rival Miami Marlins in a close game, Adonis Garcia hit a 2-run home-run to give the Atlanta Braves an 8-5 lead.
Fernandez will look to continue that dominance and provide something positive after Miami starters posted an 11.05 ERA and failed to complete five innings during the current four-game skid.
The right-hander has lasted at least seven innings in seven of his last 11 starts, including Sunday when he yielded two runs and struck out seven without a walk during a 6-2 win at Philadelphia. It was the second time he allowed nine hits this year.
OF Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double Thursday. After Cameron Maybin loaded the bases with a single, Joey Terdoslavich came through with an RBI single to extend the lead to 2-0.
Fernandez labored through 38 pitches in the fourth inning on Friday, the most he’s thrown in one inning in his career. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for Fernandez’s early exit as he only pitched five innings while throwing 76 pitches. “He is a man who’s coming off 14 months of rehab from Tommy John”. Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki opened the frame with singles before Adeiny Hechavarria’s two-run triple in the right-center gap knotted things up at two. Before his exit, Teheran would do a great job limiting the damage as he forced a groundout to third and recorded a strikeout to keep the runner from scoring.
Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.59) is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in four home starts against the Marlins, and also 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two matchups this season – both at Miami. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 303. Ross Detwiler came on to face Dee Gordon who grounded to first and beat Terdoslavich’s throw allowing Hechavarria to score to give Miami the lead.
“He has flown back to Miami to see Dr. Kaplan”, manager Dan Jennings said. That’s when more craziness ensued. With the bases loaded, Castro hit a ground ball to third. Foltynewicz (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have a 34-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers. The call was initially ruled out, but under further review would be overturned, tying the game up at three.
The Marlins tied the game 5-5 with a run in the fifth inning when Yelich doubled and scored on Prado’s single to center field. Castro, who was in Gwinnett two weeks ago, began the inning by lining a single off Morris’s leg. The reliever’s rushed throw to first was wild, sending the runner to second. After another replay challenge in the favor of Atlanta that kept Daniel Castro at third base, Pierzynski simply put the ball in play and scored the fourth run of the inning making it 6-3 in favor of Atlanta.