Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez covered his mouth with that big orange glove of his and shouted words unfit to print in English Spanish or any tongue known to men who understand the heartache of dastardly luck. It was a swinging bunt that did in Fernandez’s no-hit bid in the fifth inning of a 7-0 Marlins victory by a kid named Zach Walters in his Major League Baseball debut. A pinch-hitter Walters swung out of his rookie shoes and out popped a perfect dribbler. The ball rolled down the third-base line. Jack Nicklaus Gary Player or Bobby Jones couldn’t have putted the thing any better. All third baseman Placido Polanco could do was watch. “It was one of those hits but he did what he needed to do and kept us in the game” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Fernandez. “His day will come.” From there it was just another Friday night in early September between a pair of teams enduring the grizzled end parts of tough seasons. Of course everything feels better with Kid Fernandez on the mound. The crowd cheers louder the hot dogs smell like steak and Fernandez’s team plays like a team with purpose. The Marlins (53-86) pounded out a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. “Right off the bat — that’s the difference … and Jose was pitching” said Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton who hit his 19th homer in the eighth inning to give Miami its 7-0 lead. Fernandez was pulled after the seventh inning with a 6-0 lead. He had nine strikeouts and walked two in his one-hit show. The swinging bunt single came after Fernandez retired the first 12 batters and 16 of the first 17. The next man up for Washington leadoff hitter Corey Brown grounded into a double play. That’s when Fernandez walked off the mound with his mouth in his glove. “I was laughing … in English” Fernandez said with a wry grin.
‘Another phenomenal start’ from Jose Fernandez in Marlins 7-0 win over Nationals
Miami Herald | Sep 7