We never doubted it of course. What chance did Jose Fernandez have against the debuting Lucas Harrell, honed and sharpened from the maelstrom of the Korean League? We’d all been following Harrell closely these last 810 days, our many posts marveling at his progress as he traveled wide on his path to redemption. And so it proved. It’s so nice to be right.
Jose, apparently exhausted by his GW double a few hours earlier, clearly thought this would be a walk in the park, to pad his tally. No. Freddy started the barrage up front with a 2 run homer and then we got to the bottom of the sixth with the game still surprisingly tight at 2/1. BOOM. 7 runners crossed the plate dispatching Jose who gave up 9 runs, 6 earned, his most ever.Yes, we had seen this coming.
Our Mr Harrell meanwhile out pitched him and that against a superior line up. Lovely, goofy smile he looked at ease out there. Allowed an early run and then nothing more till he left after 6 innings having given up 3 hits, 1 run, and 1 walk. Some of us had been expecting even more, particularly upset by the walk, but hey we’ll take it. They called this a spot start – we shall see.
Braves hitters had a good day against the clearly bemused Hernandez. Jace continued his excellent form culminating in a 3 run homer in the big 6th. Freddy added 2 more hits to his early homer. AJP had an important 2 out 2 RBI single which doubled the lead at the time. We looked good at the plate, aggressive even. Jose was shocked. All that was missing was BMac to give him a slap on the kisser. But he showed his growing maturity with a pleasant, phlegmatic departure from the field. Times have changed.
Alvarez made a bit of a mess of the 9th (walking CJ!) until he struck out Stanton with the bases loaded for the second out then deprived Ichiro of one more to his tally to end it.
Ho hum. Never a doubt. Another spot start, please.