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Fernandez dominates Tribe with 14 punchouts in blowout

Indians win streak stops at eight in Miami in 10-0 shutout loss

Fernandez dominates Tribe with 14 punchouts in blowout
August 3, 2013
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Miami, FL -- Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Indians over eight innings as the Miami Marlins ended the Cleveland Indians' eight-game winning streak with a 10-0 blowout.

Fernandez (8-5, 2.54) continued his strong rookie campaign, becoming the first major leaguer to strike out at least 13 in consecutive games since Randy Johnson in 2004. The last rookie to accomplish the feat was Kerry Wood in 1998.

 

Having just turned 21 years old on Wednesday, Fernandez displayed a live fastball that hit 97 mph in the eighth and a devastating slider that kept Tribe batters off-balance all game long. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the third, his fourth RBI, to contribute to his own cause.

 

Ubaldo Jimenez needed 107 pitches to get through just four innings. He struggled to keep runners off base from the get-go, elevating his pitch count early.

 

After Jimenez (8-6, 4.18) walked the second batter of the game, Asdrubal Cabrera misplayed a potential double play ball with one out. Logan Morrison followed with a RBI-double, opening the floodgates for Miami to take an early lead. Donovan Solano grounded out with runners on second and third to score a second run and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-out RBI-single to put the Marlins up 3-0.

 

Jimenez allowed solo runs in the second and third, as the Marlins took a commanding 5-0 lead. In four innings, he allowed five earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Jimenez managed to draw a walk in his first plate appearance, however, the only walk Fernandez surrendered in the game.

 

Bryan Shaw and Marc Rzepczynski pitched the next three innings, keeping the Indians within five runs. Shaw walked one and struck out four in two innings of work. Rzepczynski induced three quick outs in his first appearance as a Cleveland Indian.

 

Matt Albers came on in the eighth, but his disastrous outing put the game out of reach.

 

After back-to-back one-out singles put runners on first and third, Albers got Ed Lucas to ground into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Despite having two outs and a runner at first, Albers struggled mightily to get the third out of the inning, allowing four singles and a triple before retiring the Jeff Mathis to end the inning.

 

After five consecutive hits, the Marlins led 10-0 and the game was all but over. Steven Ames came on in the ninth and retired the side in order, striking out two of the three he faced.

 

After a Tigers win, Cleveland now trails Detroit by three games in the American League Central and is a half-game behind Baltimore and Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race.

 

The Indians and Marlins will play game two of a three-game series Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.48) will take on Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.65).

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

Tony
August 3, 2013 - 11:08 AM EDT
With regard to Salazar, I think I have mentioned this a 100 times, but he has a 5 innings or 75 pitch limit, whichever comes first. He has about a 120-130 innings limit this year and they are trying to let him keep pitching but save some innings to pitch in Cleveland in September. If they let him go 6-7 innings an outing, he has no shot to pitch this September.
League Park
August 3, 2013 - 10:04 AM EDT
Asdrubal is a bum. What trade value does he have?
Andy
August 3, 2013 - 9:06 AM EDT
I've read that Salazar will be limited to 5 IP or 75-85 pitches in AAA and will have no pitch count limit in ML. He's projected to throw 30-40 more innings this season, so a bullpen role would allow him to pitch later into the season.

Displacing Ubaldo in the rotation would be nice for the next 5-7 turns through, but that leaves 5+ spot starts for Bauer, Carrasco, House, etc. and doesn't answer the question of what to do with Ubaldo. He walks too many to pitch in relief and doubtful any team would trade for him even if the Indians paid half his salary. Antonetti has his work cut out for him with this.
Joe Chengery
August 3, 2013 - 3:32 AM EDT
Hopefully, Salazar is not hurt, but to my knowledge, that's not the reason he was taken out.

The reason he's taken out so soon is because they're monitoring his workload, both because of his full recovery from Tommy John Surgery/building up arm strength and trying to ensure they don't increase his workload beyond the recommended percentage (10% to 20%, I think) from last year while still allowing him to be a bullpen option later this year for the Indians, including the postseason if the Indians make it.

It's a delicate balancing act because there could be three full months of the season left if the Indians reach the postseason, and Salazar wasn't even expected to have an average full season workload this year, so now trying to position him to be able to fill a bullpen role and going deep into October are the real goals; we already know he can dominate AAA. The Indians would rather save those "bullets" for the stretch run and the postseason, so expect to see many short stints with Salazar at AAA from here on out.

The fact he had a no-hitter going through 5 and came out with the win were nice bonuses, but not the real objective- we know he can handle AAA, as he's been doing it much of the season. The real keys are making his transition to the bullpen a smooth one and ensuring as much as possible that he's fresh and has "bullets" left late in the season, as Salazar has never pitched that many innings and that late in the season before. Add to that he had TJ surgery and is a very highly regarded prospect, and you can see why the Indians are being that cautious and monitoring his workload as carefully as they are.
shy
August 3, 2013 - 2:24 AM EDT
I agree, especially w pitchers. Speaking of coddled, Danny Salazar was removed after 52 pitches last night. He was pitching a no hitter w 8 K's after 5. 52 pitches, 40 strikes- that's not how to build arm strength or learn to pitch. Hopefully he was not removed because his arm was hurt but because his manager is incompetent.
Nick
August 3, 2013 - 2:05 AM EDT
It's interesting to me how well Jose has done after being accelerated so quickly. I think with certain players, organizations coddle them too much through the system to build their confidence. If I remember correctly, Jose spent most of last year in A and A+. Yes, he was a top prospect but to jump like he did with the success is quite eye opening. I'd like to see organizations push faster with some prospects and I remember the old days where you'd sign and go straight to AA or AAA. It's an interesting thought at least.

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