Final Score: Miami 5, San Diego 0
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Jose
Fernandez fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the surging Miami Marlins took care
of the San Diego Padres, 5-0, on Saturday in the middle test of a three-game
set from Marlins Park.
Fernandez (2-0) dazzled in his second start of the season, allowing just five
baserunners while striking out eight. The reigning National League Rookie of
the Year has allowed just a run with 17 strikeouts through 12 2/3 innings this
"That's who I am, I like to keep pitching," Fernandez said of getting pulled
in the seventh. "I'm feeling great. The bullpen did a great job like always."
Stanton was one of four Marlins with two hits, with Derek Dietrich and
Christian Yelich both posting two hits and an RBI. Miami improved to 5-1 on
the young season.
Andrew Cashner (0-1) went six innings for the Padres, scattering five hits and
three walks while surrendering two runs.
"I thought I threw the ball real well," said Cashner. "I had a couple of walks
that could have gone either way."
Both starters struck out four over the first two innings, yielding just a hit
apiece. San Diego threatened first, loading the bases on Fernandez in the
third inning with just one out, but the young righty induced a 4-6-3 double
play on the first pitch he threw to Seth Smith to escape the inning unscathed.
Miami broke through with a run in the third. With two on and two outs, Stanton
smacked a sharp grounder that deflected off Chase Headley's glove at third and
into left field, plating Fernandez. Fernandez reached on a fielder's choice
earlier in the frame.
Dietrich's two-out single to right in the sixth inning plated Garrett Jones
for a 2-0 Miami edge.
Fernandez left the game after Alexi Amarista struck out swinging but reached
first on a wild pitch with two gone in the seventh inning. A.J. Ramos took his
place on the hill and fanned Yasmani Grandal to preserve the 2-0 lead.
The Marlins put another run across in the seventh on a Stanton RBI double and
added two more in the eighth. Facing reliever Joaquin Benoit, Reed Johnson
brought a run in with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to left and Yelich slapped a
single up the middle for a 5-0 margin.
Carlos Marmol allowed runners to reach second and third in the ninth, but
Xavier Nady grounded out to second to end the game.
Miami has won five straight against San Diego dating back to last season ...
Marlins leadoff man Adeiny Hechavarria entered the game batting 11-for-19 but
failed to reach base in five at-bats ... The Padres went 0-for-7 with runners
in scoring position and left eight on base ... Miami's Nathan Eovaldi and San
Diego's Ian Kennedy are set to take the hill in Sunday's series finale.
04/06 03:52:02 ET
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