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Jose Fernandez one-hits the Nationals over seven innings

Sep 6, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

Jose Fernandez AP

Marlins starter Jose Fernandez padded his NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young cases with seven outstanding innings against the Nationals tonight, bringing a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Nationals stood no chance, recording just one hit — a squibber down the third base line by pinch-hitter Zach Walters with one out in the sixth — against the Marlins’ rookie while striking out nine times.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond pulled Fernandez after seven as he had thrown 94 pitches. The team plans to shut Fernandez down after his next start, which could come on Wednesday against the Braves. With 165.2 innings pitched, a career-high at any professional level for the 21-year-old. He has struck out 182 batters and posted a 2.23 ERA, putting himself firmly in the NL Cy Young discussion along with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Matt Harvey of the Mets. His biggest competitor for the NL Rookie of the Year award is Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

The Marlins gave Fernandez plenty of support, scoring five runs in three innings against Nationals starter Dan Haren. Logan Morrison crushed a two-run homer against Haren in the third inning, officially measured at 484 feet, a Marlins Park record. Giancarlo Stanton added a run in the eighth with a solo home run, his 19th of the season as the Fish went on to win 7-0. The Braves lost 2-1 to the Phillies, so the Nationals remain 14 games out of first place. The Reds won, dropping the Nats eight games out of the second Wild Card.

  1. jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Waits for the Loria sucks! The Marlins suck! The Marlins have as many if not two more titles than my favorite team has comments from the usual crowd regardless of any insight into the year Mr. Fernandez had. He is going to be great and will probably be here for his whole career. Gator, do us all a favor, and pretend to root for another team. K. Thanks. Bye!

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      If you weren’t such a complete and abject moron, you wouldn’t have made a statement as ridiculous as “he will probably be here for his whole career.” That has been true of absolutely no one since Scrooge McLoria bought this blighted team. If he pitches like this for much of the next three or four seasons he will be long gone by his first arbitration eligibility. So will Stanton. So will anyone who qualifies for the really big bucks as long as the bipedal hagfeesh owns this team.

      So, professional liar, myopic clown, dweller in deep denial and obsessive builder of straw men that you are, who precisely are the folks who lack “insight into the year Mr. Fernandez had” ? Care to name them and actually cite some examples of their inability or refusal to acknowledge El Keed’s phenomenal accomplishments? Or are you happy to just sit back and let the rest of us call out your comments for the total fabrication that they are? You seem to need imaginary targets to make yourself sound important or knowledgeable. You’re neither. And snug in your far northern redoubt, you’re also impermeable to the mountains of factual evidence of what a complete disaster Scrooge McLoria’s ownership of this team has been for the franchise as well as for the community. You live in the mental equivalent of an immunodeficiency bubble.

      And just who, pray tell – aside from your narcissistic, “I am the greatest Marlins fan alive” pronouncements – gives you any kind of right to tell anyone else who the hell to root for or how to root for them, you miserable, empty-headed, way-out-of-town little nobody of a bullshit artist?

  2. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Puig better not get ROTY over Fernandez, that would be a crime and purely ESPN driven.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Have to admit I was rooting for Puig early on. But wow, Fernandez has impressed me time and time again. 21 years old and if it weren’t for Kershaw’s other-worldly season, I’d advocate Fernandez for ROY and CY!

      • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Only Fernando Valenzuela (1981) has ever won both the Cy Young and ROY awards in the same year. I don’t really see Fernandez beating out Kershaw but it would be quite an accomplishment if he did.

  3. kingscourt25 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Fernandez is in the discussion of who will finish second. Kershaw has thrown nearly 50 more innings, has a lower era, and pitches in big market.

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      I agree. As terrific a season as El Keed has had, Kershaw would have to get shelled like Omaha Beach for the rest of the season ad El Keed would have to pitch a no-hitter in his final start to edge him out for the Cy. However, pending his final start against the Braves – final impressions being lasting as far as the spawrtsriters who vote these things are concerned – it’s hard to see how he doesn’t win the ROY over Puig.

      • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        PS – if El Keed continues to develop into the nightmare presence on the mound into which he seems to have the tools and good-natured ferocity to evolve, he’ll win his share of Cys. Me, I’m looking forward to some great matchups between him and Kershaw, Verlander, Harvey – I still tingle when I think of some of the great contests between the young Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela when I was a mere stripling of thirtysomething.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Keep saying El Keed, it might catch on.

      • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        It already has. You’re just too dense and vapid to have noticed. (It is possible to achieve a vapor of lead, by the way, but you’re not nearly literate enough to write up a grant proposal for the funding to do it.)

  4. misterj167 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I was glad we (the Braves) lucked out and managed to win a squeaker against The Keed last time, now I hear he’s going to be pitching his last game against us next week! Bah!

    I think he’s great and hope he does well against everyone but us…

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