Marlins starter Jose Fernandez couldn’t finish the sixth inning on Wednesday against the Tigers, yielding five runs on five hits and a walk. It was a tough day, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia took him for a two-run home run in the second inning, and the Tigers got three hits before chasing Fernandez from the game in the sixth. Reliever Dustin McGowan allowed two of his inherited runners to score, charged to Fernandez.
It was still a very dominant afternoon for Fernandez, however, as 13 of the 17 outs he recorded on Wednesday came via the strikeout. He had everything working, getting Justin Upton to strikeout three times while Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera each fanned twice.
This is a great sign for the Marlins, as Fernandez made only 11 starts last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, then suffering a strained biceps. The Marlins are expected to limit Fernandez’s innings this season, similar to the way the Mets handled Matt Harvey — who also had Tommy John surgery — last year.