It was just one of those nights at Marlins Park tonight, as the Braves never really got going and the Marlins continued their good run of form at home as they took the Braves behind the woodshed to the tune of a 9-0 victory.
The best opportunity that the Braves had at scoring a run on Marlins ace Jose Fernandez occurred during the top of the 3rd, which is when the Braves had runners on second and third following a Jason Heyward line drive double down the right field line. Unfortunately, Ramiro Pena grounded to 3rd and Jose Fernandez proceeded to make a heads-up play on the Fielder's Choice by faking a throw to first and then tossing it to home plate, which is where Tyler Pastornicky was tagged out to end the inning, and ultimately any chance the Braves had at making this game anything but a blowout.
The bottom of the 3rd was when the Marlins began their assault on Alex Wood, who got hit hard for the first time all season and continued to receive a lack of run support. After a 2-out single by Ed Lucas brought in Christian Yelich to score, Giancarlo Stanton proceeded to blast the ball opposite field into the right field bullpen to put the Marlins up by 3.
The pain didn't end there, as the Marlins put another crooked number on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th. After a Casey McGehee leadoff walk and a double from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Marcell Ozuna dropped one where Braves' defenders weren't for a 2-run single. After the next batter, Alex Wood left the game with 5.0 IP, 10 hits allowed, and 7 earned runs. The rest of those 7 runs came when Anthony Varvaro entered the game and gave up 3 consecutive hits (one of which came from Fernandez) that all resulted in runs to make it 8-0.
The bitter icing on the sour cake came in the bottom of the 7th, which is when Ol' Salty hit a solo HR off of Varvaro that landed in the exact same spot that Stanton's HR landed.
Fernandez left the game following the 8th inning, and left with another stellar line: 8 IP, 2 hits allowed, 8 strikeouts. Like the rest of baseball, the Braves just can't seem to figure out Jose Fernandez. Fortunately, the game was quick (official time of 2 hours and 7 minutes) so the pain didn't last too long, which means we can all look forward to Aaron Harang and the rest of the Braves (hopefully without 4 starters missing from the lineup) hopefully having a better day tomorrow. It'll be tough again, as they'll be facing Nathan Eovaldi, but they won't have to do much to improve on tonight's bummer of a game.