Jose Fernandez struck out 13 and allowed just one run in seven innings to help Miami win the series finale Sunday, 6-1. This was Fernandez’s 10th victory of the year. The Marlins took three of four games from the injury-depleted Cubs. The Marlins are now six games above .500 for the first time since June 2012.
The Cubs were outscored 23-14 in the four game series by the Marlins.
“They’re a banged-up club, but we played well,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I don’t think this in our minds is a need to prove anything; I think our guys already believe we can play with anybody. These guys believe in themselves that we can be a club that can contend.”
The Cubs still possess the best record in baseball even after going 1-6 for this week.
Jose Fernandez (10-3) improved his career record to 24-1 with a 1.48 ERA. The right-hander has been pretty good everywhere else, too.
This year Jose Fernandez has a 2.28 ERA and 138 strikeouts.
After pitching out of many jams, Jason Hammel (7-4) only allowed two runs in six innings, but the Cubs lost his fourth start in a row as they once again couldn’t provide run support.
Jose Fernandez brought the heat in the fifth inning. He struck out the side with a top speed of 101 mph on the radar gun.