Apr 22, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Alex Wood (40) throws a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Wood You Dare To Compare?

Braves lost 1-0 Tuesday night to the Miami Marlins….

There I said it and got the bad taste out of my mouth.  But the Marlins have a terrific pitcher in Jose Fernandez so we can’t take Miami for a grain of salt every night.

Apr 22, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Marlins defeated the Braves 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In my opinion, it was the perfect storm on Tuesday night in Turner Field.  Fernandez is one of the nastiest young pitchers the MLB has and the Braves are one of the worst strikeout teams in the Major League (7th going into tonight’s game).  And it showed, Jose fanned 14 Braves hitters over his 8 innings pitched.  He only allowed three hits, pitched up his third win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.99 for the 2014 season.

Atlanta’s third basemen, Chris Johnson, spoke on Fernandez’s performance “Both sides of the dish, 99, slider, it feels like it’s starting in their dugout and ends up on the outside corner.”

Johnson, who was able to get a single off Jose looked completely lost in his other at-bats.  Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons were the others to pick up a single.

But Fernandez’s performance was overshadowed by Atlanta’s starter, Alex Wood.  Wood went 8 innings while strikeout 11 Marlins and only giving up four hits.  The lone run of the ball game came in the 4th inning when Giancarlo Stanton doubled and Casey McGehee drove him in with a single.

Though an impressive performance, Wood went home with the loss.  The Braves southpaw suffered his second consecutive 1-0 losses and is now 2-3 for the young season.  The Braves need to pick up the offense when Alex is on the bump.  Though defeated, he enjoyed the opportunity to matchup against a dominating young pitcher.

“It sucks to be on the wrong end of it,” Wood said.  “But, from a pitching standpoint, it doesnt get any more fun than that.  For me, it doesnt get any better than that unless you get the win at the end”.

The Braves struggled with Fernandez all night and one former Brave was glad he wasn’t on the field.




On the hunt for tickets to the top games on the Atlanta Braves schedule? Always check TiqIQ.com 

Tags: Atlanta Braves

comments powered by Disqus