The Braves weren’t buying it.
“He pitched amazing,” said Atlanta’s Chris Johnson. “We went up against a buzz-saw today.”
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said his hitters “were coming back shaking their heads.”
But the night belonged to Fernandez.
“I think it would be fair to say that was probably his best-pitched game as far as his stuff and his command,” said Marlins manager Mike Redmond.
Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks but said he didn’t have that kind of control in the bullpen before the game.
“My breaking ball in the bullpen was horrible, horrible,” Fernandez said. “But I thought to myself that when they say ‘play ball’ it gets better.”
“He was just amazing back there,” Fernandez said. “I can’t explain how good he was.”
“He’s got the capability of running those type of games out every time he goes out,” Gonzalez said.
When told he was receiving postgame compliments in the Braves’ clubhouse, Fernandez shrugged and said “That was a lucky game today, I think.”