Indians See An End to Streak
MIAMI – The strikeouts keep coming for rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez, while the winning streak has ended for the Cleveland Indians.
Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 14, the most by an NL pitcher this season, to help Miami beat the Indians 10-0, snapping their eight-game win streak.
Miami’s All-Star became the first major league pitcher to strike out at least 13 in consecutive games since Randy Johnson in 2004. He’s the first rookie to do so since Kerry Wood in 1998.
Fernandez (8-5) set a Marlins record for the most strikeouts in consecutive starts. He had 13 Sunday in a win over Pittsburgh.
He pitched for the first time since turning 21 Wednesday and showed he’s not yet over the hill, allowing just three hits. He struck out at least one batter in every inning and was still throwing 97 mph in the eighth.
He also hit a sacrifice fly in the third for his fourth RBI this season.
Fernandez’s strikeout total was the most by a rookie since Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals had 14 in 2010. He’s the first NL rookie to strike out 10 in at least four games since Cole Hamels of the Phillies in 2006.
Logan Morrison provided all the support Fernandez needed with four hits and four RBIs. Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Marisnick each had three of the Marlins’ 16 hits, and an error by Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera led to three unearned runs in the first.
Fernandez walked the pitcher – an especially egregious lapse against an American League team – but that was the only base on balls he allowed. When he headed for the dugout after the eighth inning, he waved his cap to acknowledge a standing ovation from the crowd of 17,731.
He threw a career-high 108 pitches before departing for a pinch-hitter. Steve Ames had two strikeouts in the ninth to complete a three-hitter for the Marlins’ second consecutive shutout, and their fifth this season.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6) needed 107 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed five runs, two earned.
That was no match for Fernandez, who lowered his ERA to 2.54.
In the third inning Fernandez walked Jimenez, who has only one at-bat all season, but the rookie pitched around the mistake and retired the next 12 batters before Cabrera doubled in the seventh.
Cleveland’s other hit was a single by Ryan Raburn in the eighth. Fernandez became the first Marlins pitcher to strike out 10 or more in consecutive games since Ricky Nolasco in 2008.
In the first inning, Cabrera mishandled a potential double-play grounder with one out. Morrison followed with an RBI double, Donovan Solano’s groundout scored another run and Hechavarria hit a two-out RBI single.
Christian Yelich hit his first major-league triple in the second inning and scored on Morrison’s two-out single.