Jose Fernandez did much more than just beat the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night—he humiliated them. Fernandez threw seven innings of one-run ball, stymieing a talented Braves team in the 5-2 Miami Marlins victory.
The star rookie pitcher also hit his first home run of his career, but he really showed up Atlanta starting pitcher Mike Minor and the Braves in the bottom of the sixth, taking his sweet time to leave the batter's box as the ball cleared the left-field fence.
Fernandez added a nice throw of the bat as well.
Naturally, the actions weren't taken kindly by the visiting ballclub.
Braves catcher Brian McCann started having words with Fernandez when he finished his home run trot, and the two started getting into it. That led to the benches clearing.
While a brawl didn't erupt, the two teams were at each others' throats. Regardless of the controversial events, this was Jose Fernandez's last outing of the year. And he went out with a bang.
And while the Braves weren't fans of Fernandez's antics, at least a few undoubtedly were.
It's worth noting that worse things have happened to players who've done less. Talk show host Andy Slater was particularly peeved.
This home run caps what has been an amazing year for Fernandez. His 12-6 record doesn't do him justice, as the Marlins couldn't generate runs for their ace. The 21-year-old righty's 2.19 ERA and 0.98 WHIP show just what kind of talent the Marlins have on their hands.
Between his dominant pitching numbers and surprisingly good batting, Fernandez appears to be the clear favorite for NL Rookie of the Year.
After the game, the right hander told the media what McCann said to him when he reached home plate. Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald provides us with the following:
From veteran to rookie, truer words may never have been spoken. Hopefully, Fernandez has learned from this experience.
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