At some point in his managerial tenure with the Marlins Mike Redmond won't struggle with decisions like the one he made Sunday. Jose Fernandez will trot in after the eighth at 97 pitches and the thought of him not going out for the ninth will be absurd. That day wasn't Sunday but it didn't detract from the 20-year-old Fernandez's latest jaw-dropping performance. Fernandez pitched his team to a series-clinching 3-2 win over the rampaging Pirates at Marlins Park. Fernandez matched his career best with eight innings and established the franchise's single-game rookie strikeout record at 13. He struck out the side twice (third fifth innings) and recorded at least one in every inning except his last. "[Pitching coach] Chuck Hernandez and I talked and you know what it made sense" said Redmond who watched Steve Cishek log his 22nd save in the ninth. "Today we developed two guys. We developed a pitcher and we developed a closer. Where we're at as a team and an organization I'll take that. Fernandez claimed the club rookie strikeout standard formerly held by Josh Beckett who on July 21 2002 in Montreal totaled 12 over six innings. Fernandez joined Jesus Sanchez (1998) and Chuck Smith (2000) as the only Marlins' rookies with three double-digit strikeout games in single season.
Fernandez sets single-game rookie club strikeout mark
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 29