Legends On Deck

Marlins Jose Fernandez Wins First Game In Return

Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) looks on in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves during on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday afternoon, the Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez finally made his return to the big league mound after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014 which cut his season short.

The last time Fernandez pitched for the Marlins was May 9, 2014 against the San Diego Padres and he lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on fix hits, walked one and struck out five, also allowing two home runs.

The comeback started on June 6th with four starts for the Marlins Class-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads where he was 1-1, with a 3.20 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in 19.2 innings, spanning four starts.

The right hander was then moved up to the Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns, and started on June 27th and took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits, striking out eight in five innings.

On Thursday the Marlins faced the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park and Fernandez pitched well enough for the victory tossing six innings, allowing three runs, on seven hits, with no walks and six strikeouts.

In the first inning he gave up back to back hits, a single to Gregor Blanco and a double to Joe Panik and after striking out Matt Duffy on three straight pitches with the gun hitting 99 MPH, Fernandez gave up a sac fly to Buster Posey scoring Blanco. Brandon Belt then followed with an RBI single scoring Panik to put the Giants up early 2-0.

Fernandez then settled down and in the second he retired the Giants in order on two ground outs sandwiched by a strike out. In the third, the Cuban native started the inning by striking out Gregor Blanco, but gave up a single to Panik before getting Duffy and Posey to hit into outs.

The Marlins scored their run in the bottom of the third on a double by Christian Yelich, who also scored on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria.

The fourth saw Fernandez get into a bit of trouble giving up two hits, but managed to get out of the jam by striking out Matt Cain to end the inning. In the fifth Blanco go to Fernandez again as he tagged him for a lead-off home run to put the Giants up 2-1.

The Marlins offense went to work in the bottom of the fifth scoring four runs to take the lead at 5-3, highlighted by Fernandez’s lead-off home run and Justin Bour‘s three run shot.

In the sixth, Fernandez retired the Giants in order, which would be his last inning in his return.

The Giants tacked on a run in the eighth on Posey’s 13th of the season to pull within 5-4.

But the Marlins bullpen shut the door to secure the victory for Fernandez and make his return a huge success.


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