After allowing three runs over six innings and hitting a homer in his return from Tommy John surgery last Thursday against the Giants, Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was flat-out dominant tonight against the Reds.
Fernandez struck out nine batters over seven scoreless innings as part of a 2-0 victory. He was very efficient, scattering six hits while walking none and throwing 72 out of 94 pitches for strikes. According to Brooks Baseball, he had 23 swinging strikes, which is pretty amazing even if you ignore that it was only his second start back.
Fernandez is now undefeated through the first 22 home starts of his career. In case it wasn’t already obvious, he’s special.