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Jose Fernandez lifts Miami past Atlanta, riles up Braves
The last thing anybody expected Jose Fernandez to be doing after his last start of the season Wednesday was apologizing.
But that’s what the 21-year old Cuban-born right-hander was doing — almost profusely — after hot-dogging his trip around the bases after his first career home run, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Braves in front of 25,111 at Marlins Park.
“I had a good year and it ends up like this on a day like today that is really important for all American people — it’s just something that’s not right and I’m embarrassed of,” said Fernandez, who drew the ire of his manager, teammates and the Braves after sending a Mike Minor pitch 393-feet into The Cleveland Bar in left field, flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases.
By the time he reached the plate, Braves catcher Brian McCann, an All-Star teammate, was waiting for him with a warning: “He told me, ‘Buddy, you can’t do that,’ ’’ Fernandez said. “[I said], ‘I know, man. The game got the best of me.’ ’’
Fernandez is a big deal, but what he did vs. Braves isn’t
Fernandez knew that he was being shut down after his Wednesday start, and so this was his Game 7. And when he hit his first career home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, he stood at home plate and watched. Yep, the Braves didn’t like it.
As he circled the bases, he spit near Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who let him hear about it. McCann was waiting for him at home plate, and pretty soon, both dugouts emptied with the two teams jawing at one another.
OK, Jose Fernandez messed up. In the heat of battle, the Braves responded. Redmond got mad about it and said he understood why the Braves were ready to brawl. Fernandez apologized to McCann and Braves pitcher Mike Minor after the game. He apologized publicly too.
“I feel embarrassed,” he said.
And that ought to be that.
Live and learn.
MRI on Paul Maholm’s elbow shows no structural damage
Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Padres because of a sore arm, but, as Dave O’Brien notes on Twitter, an MRI has revealed no structural damage in Maholm’s elbow. Maholm first experienced soreness following his start last Sunday against the Phillies and was slated for the MRI on Wednesday.
No structural damage for #Braves Maholm. MRI negative.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) September 12, 2013
So what if Jose Fernandez showboated a little? Maybe he was sticking up for the home crowd, one of whom got smacked in the dick with an Evan Gattis home run.
The legend grows. [Editorial Note: Look closely as Gattis' shot take a "shot" on an lucky (or unlucky) fan! ]