Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/13
It took 10 innings but the Marlins got that big hit manager Mike Redmond almost on a nightly basis has to explain eluded them. Christian Yelich’s one-out RBI-single through the right side sent the Marlins to a series-evening 1-0 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday. It was the sixth extra-inning shutout win in club history and first since Aug. 31 2010 against the Nationals. Four of those victories were 1-0 in 10. “It was a tough night to get hits and score runs for both teams” said Yelich who went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. “You knew if we could push one across there late we’d have a good chance to win. Fortunately we were able to do that.” Starter Jose Fernandez was stellar tossing seven shutout innings. He settled for a no-decision as the Marlins totaled four hits and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position while he was eligible for the win. “He gave us exactly what we needed” manager Mike Redmond said. “We needed somebody to go out there and put up some zeros. Obviously our offense is battling right now. He shut them down.” Some of Fernandez’s more difficult starts have come in interleague play. He entered the game with a 1-2 record and 3.80 ERA in four starts against American League teams. The win came against the Indians two outings ago at Marlins Park where he set the franchise single-game rookie record with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. Tuesday Fernandez didn’t have an eye-popping strikeout total (six) but he turned in one of his most efficient performances. He needed 15 pitches to get through the first and did not throw more than a dozen pitches in any of his next five innings. “He understands he’s got limited bullets and he has to be aggressive” Redmond said. “The best way to do that is to go out there and let them put the ball in play. He’s able to do that and get a lot of ground balls. He got a ton of roll-overs. Although he didn’t strike out a lot of guys that’s OK too. There will be games where he’ll strike out guys.” With two hits through six innings the Royals got two on off Fernandez in the seventh. Alcides Escobar’s two-out single put his team’s first runner in scoring position. Fernandez who issued his lone walk to Billy Butler to start the inning got ahead of George Kottaras 1-2 and induced an inning-ending flyout. The 23-pitch inning put Fernandez at 94 for the game prompting Redmond to call on the bullpen. On a 170-inning limit this season Fernandez through 23 starts is at 139 2/3.
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