ATLANTA The Atlanta Braves continued their winning ways at home with a 2-1 win in a pitching duel that included two rookies and six relievers. Here are three observations from Atlanta's MLB-leading 82nd win of the season:
1. The Fernandez-Teheran was an odd pitching duel that still produced the expected results
When Jordan Schafer stepped into the box for the first time Friday night, Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez boasted the best second-half numbers of any pitcher in baseball. Coming into his 26th start of the season one of the final starts of his brilliant, Rookie of the Year-quality season, as he's now 12 frames shy of his reported 170-inning cap the 21-year-old was 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his past eight starts. He had held opponents scoreless in three of his previous five outings.
That changed in a hurry against the Braves as Elliot Johnson, of all people, laced a double down the line and Freddie Freeman put a Fernandez fastball just over the fence in center.