Baseball is hard enough for a 20-year-old rookie pitcher, especially if he's on a team that can legitimately be considered the worst in baseball. That first career win might not come for a while. For Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, it came in his sixth career start.
Fernandez, who will turn 21 in July, dominated the Phillies on Saturday by allowing just one hit (a Freddy Galvis single) and one walk in seven shutout innings. He struck out a career-high nine and generated a ridiculous 12 swings and misses out of 82 total pitches. It was, by far, the best start of his young career. Here's video of the start
Relievers Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek followed with scoreless and hitless innings of their own to close out the 2-0 win. It's the first time the Phillies have been held to one hit or less since August 2010, when Hiroki Kuroda and Hong-Chih Kuo of the Dodgers got them. Philadelphia was actually one-hit twice that month, with R.A. Dickey of the Mets doing the honors a few weeks earlier.
The Marlins, meanwhile, got their first game of one hit allowed or fewer since September 2011, when Anibal Sanchez one-hit the Pirates. Sanchez threw two one-hitters that season, getting the Rockies that April as well.