Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (0.204 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jeff Mathis (-0.045 WPA)
Play of the Game: Logan Morrison doubled to left field in the first inning. Ed Lucas scored. Giancarlo Stanton advanced to third base. (+0.092 WPA)
Clearly Fernandez was the story of the evening, as he struck out 14 batters and bested his previous career mark. The funny thing about the performance was how soon after that career performance this one came. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Fernandez whiffed 13 batters. In his very next outing, he gets swings and misses on a whopping 19.4 percent of pitches thrown and strikes out 14. He also dominated the strike zone, throwing only 33 balls versus 23 called strikes, a ratio of 1.4-to-one for balls to called strikes.
Fernandez's performance was another all-encompassing masterpiece, and if the Fish had only scored one or two runs for him, it probably would have been enough in this game. But Miami decided to turn it up a notch offensively as well. While Fernandez held the Indians to three hits and one walk, the Fish pounded out 16 hits against Ubaldo Jimenez and company. They were lead by Logan Morrison, who put up a four-hit night and fell just a homer shy of the cycle and drove in four runs.
Christian Yelich tacked on three hits, including his first career Major League triple. Jake Marisnick had two hits and his first career Major League stolen base as well. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was freshly moved to the sixth spot in the lineup, tacked on two singles and a double as well.
The Marlins will look to continue this momentum tomorrow, as they search for more shutout innings; the Fish have now shut out teams in two games in a row,