Manager Mike Redmond before Monday’s game joked how hitting a walk-off grand slam as Jeff Mathis did Sunday gives you a “pretty good shot” at getting back in the lineup. How about a three-run, bases-clearing double? Mathis made a good case for getting a third consecutive start behind the dish Tuesday. His three-run double off Jason Marquis capped a four-run sixth that sent the Marlins to a four-game series-winning 4-0 victory over the Padres at Marlins Park. As impactful as Mathis has been with the bat, Redmond and the Marlins aren’t overlooking his contribution behind the dish. Monday, he guided Jose Fernandez through an eight-shutout inning, two-hit, 10-strikeout performance. “The kid was great,” Redmond said. “He was overpowering some of their guys and they weren’t taking real good swings. Once again, Mathis came up with a big hit...Even more than the hits and the seven RBI the last two days is the stability he brings to the pitching staff.” Fernandez (5-4) in winning for the third time in six starts since June 1 matched the career-high strikeout total he set June 14 against the Cardinals. It also was the first time he recorded more than 22 outs in a game.
Fernandez, Mathis pitch, catch, hit way to Marlins series win
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 2