Seeing him again Tuesday night, the Braves fared even worse.
Fernandez had the Braves guessing early and often, allowing two hits in eight stellar innings and leading the Marlins to a 9-0 win, easily the worst margin of defeat for Atlanta so far in this young season.
“We have to figure out how to beat Fernandez,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after his team’s four-game winning streak was snapped. “Not everybody is Cy Young, and you still have to beat Cy Young every once in a while.”
But Fernandez (4-1) simply has dominated the Braves, allowing five hits and no runs in 16 innings over two starts against Atlanta this season. The Braves are batting .094 against him this year, with 22 strikeouts and two walks. And they made work pretty easy at times for Fernandez on Tuesday, allowing him to record his first seven outs on just 17 pitches.
“Same as last time - he’s good every time,” Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman said.
This time, Fernandez - who got booed by some in the crowd after not running out a sharp grounder to shortstop leading off the third - only needed one run again. Miami just happened to give him eight more for good measure.
“They made some adjustments from last week,” Wood said. “Any time you make back-to-back starts against a team that swings the bats well, you can’t make a whole lot of mistakes. There were a few pitches I’d like to have back, but that’s baseball.”
Stanton said Wood fooled him with those when the teams met in Atlanta last week, but he connected on one that the Braves‘ starter left up in the zone for an opposite-field, two-run homer in the third, Stanton’s eighth of the season. He now has 29 RBIs in April, one short of the team record for the month.
“Stayed back … and it worked out,” Stanton said.