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Tuesday, April 29th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (17-7) at Miami Marlins (11-14), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Alex Wood (2-3, 1.54)
Miami - Jose Fernandez (3-1, 1.99)
(SportsNetwork.com) - When Jose Fernandez and Alex Wood squared off a week
ago, they engaged in a pitchers' duel not seen by a pair of youngsters since
the William McKinley administration.
The two clash again on Tuesday night when the Miami Marlins play host to the
Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three-game series.
Fernandez and Wood went toe-to-toe in Atlanta last Tuesday, a game won by the
Marlins 1-0. Both starters went eight innings and combined for 15 strikeouts,
though Wood came away with the loss as he gave up an RBI single to Casey
McGehee with one out in the fourth inning.
The 21-year-old Fernandez, meanwhile, allowed three hits and matched a career
high with 14 strikeouts, while not walking a batter. Wood, 23, also did not
issue a free pass and yielded only four hits while setting a personal best
with 11 strikeouts.
Comically, Fernandez noted that his breaking ball, which Braves hitters chased
all game, was what he called "horrible" in the bullpen before the game.
"I thought, when they say 'play ball,' hopefully it gets better because that's
the only thing you can hope for," said Fernandez.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time that two
opposing starters both younger than 24 each struck out more than 10 batters in
the same game since July 31, 1901, when 22-year-old Reds hurler Noodles Hahn
struck out 11 and 22-year-old Cub Long Tom Hughes fanned 15.
Add in another three strikeouts and zero walks by the two bullpens, and the
combined 28 strikeouts were the most by two teams in a game without a walk
since 1900, per Elias.
Fernandez's victory was his first in three games and he is 3-1 on the season
with a 1.99 earned run average, with the righty having posted 47 strikeouts in
31 2/3 innings. He also moved to 2-1 lifetime versus the Braves with a 1.29
Wood, meanwhile, suffered his second straight 1-0 loss after losing by the
same margin at Philadelphia on April 17. He has yielded two runs of fewer in
all five of his starts this year, but is under .500 at 2-3.
The lefty also remained winless versus the Marlins, 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA in
five games (3 starts).
The Braves also won by a 1-0 margin on Sunday, besting the Cincinnati Reds in
10 innings to sweep the three-game set and record their fourth straight
victory. Atlanta has won six of eight and sits 10 games over .500 at 17-7.
"April is going about as good as it can go. There's nothing else you can
really say about it, except that we need to keep working towards playing the
way we've been playing," said Atlanta's Dan Uggla.
Miami, meanwhile, has lost four of six and has been held to three runs or
fewer in all but one of those games. That includes a 4-0 setback to the New
York Mets on Sunday, when the Marlins managed just three singles.
"We have to execute better offensively," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
The Braves took two of three at home versus the Marlins last week and have won
eight of the last 11 meetings. They won eight of 10 last season in Miami and
are 15-4 all-time at Marlins Park.
04/29 10:38:35 ET