Series at Turner Field was K-razy
Power arms were on display in the Marlins’ wild series against the Braves at Turner Field.
If you are fan of strikeouts, this series was for you. The Miami and Atlanta staffs racked up 88 strikeouts over the three games, or an average of 29.333 per game, with one of them decided in 10 innings.
The Marlins hitters struck out 41 times, to 37 for Atlanta.
The Braves ended up taking two of three in a series that was decided by one big hit in all three games.
As discouraging as it was for the Marlins to lose the series, there was plenty of encouragment in how the starters performed.
Tom Koehler set the tone on Monday night, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings. On Tuesday, Jose Fernandez had maybe the best pitching performance of any starter in the big leagues this year. The 21-year-old struck out 14 and allowed three hits with no walks in eight innings. And on Thursday afternoon, Nathan Eovaldi fanned seven in six innings, giving up one unearned run.
For the series, the Miami starters posted an 0.89 ERA (2 ER in 20 1/3 IP). The starters allowed just 14 hits, walked two and hit one batter.
The power arms certainly put on a show. Round two will be next week at Marlins Park. But first, the Marlins open a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field beginning on Friday.
– Joe Frisaro