Appearance No. 14 (06/25/17)
Pitching on 11-day rest, Fernando faced the Pensacola Blue Wahoos—a Cincinnati Reds affiliate—for the first time this season. Like the Lookouts, the Blue Wahoos won their division in the first-half securing a place in the playoffs. But it was the Blue Wahoos pitching that carried them during the first half and their lineup (9th in the 10-team Southern League) was overmatched against Fernando despite the call-up and addition of the Reds’ No. 1 prospect, 3B Nick Senzel (No. 20 overall at MLB.com). Fernando threw a complete-game shutout (only 7-innings because they played a double-header) leading the Lookouts to a 6-0 win.
Fernando faced 26 batters over 7.0 innings giving up just 3 hits (including 1 double) and zero runs. He threw a season-high 100 pitches and struck out 6 Blue Wahoos (all swinging). Despite issuing 3 walks and 1 HBP, only one runner reached third base. This was a very strong performance and arguably the best of Fernando’s season. Personally, it has my vote primarily because I was starting to get worried about Fernando’s health. He was next up in the rotation at the All-Star break and did not pitch in the All-Star Game because it was rained out. Yet, after the break, Gonsalves and Jorge started the first two games and I could not find anything online explaining why Fernando was skipped. Given his strong performance, we can safely assume the reason was not injury-related and was perhaps related to managing his innings and/or appearances. In any event, I am glad to see Fernando get some rest and pick up where he left off. FYI, Senzel was 0-3 with a strikeout against Fernando.
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
F. Romero 7.0 3 0 0 3 6 0 2.97
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