When Jose Fernandez opposed Atlanta Braves lefty Alex Wood at Turner Field last week, Fernandez held a one run lead and was solid in eight innings in a 1-0 victory. In the first game of the three game series on Tuesday night, Fernandez was just as effective and Miami's offense thrived in a 9-0 win over Atlanta.
Miami got on the board first in the bottom of the third, when a Giancarlo Stanton three-run home run home run following a two-out Christian Yelich triple and an Ed Lucas single gave the Marlins an early 3-0 advantage.
While Fernandez was locked in, Wood wasn't as effective in his second outing of the season against the Marlins. In a five run sixth inning, Marcell Ozuna, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jose Fernandez, and Christian Yelich all drove in runs, pushing the lead to eight.
Wood couldn't make it through the sixth, and gave up ten hits and seven runs while striking out two (compared to 11 in his last start) and walking one in five innings of work.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's seventh inning home run pushed the Marlins' lead to nine, and Fernandez continued to throw strikes consistently. In his second consecutive eight inning outing, Fernandez gave up two hits and two walks while striking out eight Braves.
Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get the Marlins back in the win column after a losing road trip.
Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (.257 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Marcell Ozuna (-.024 WPA)
Play of The Game: Giancarlo Stanton's third inning three run home run gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead. (.188 WPA)