This Week in Miami Sports: Jose Fernandez Tosses Career High 13 K’s en route to Win Over Pirates; Dolphins Training Camp Opens

Jose Fernandez Tosses Another Gem vs. Pittsburgh 

In a game highlighted by two pitchers that were top 15 picks in the 2011 MLB Draft, Fernandez took the spotlight. The All-Star and former 14th pick for the Marlins in the 2011 Draft out-shined the former No. 1 pick of the Pirates in the 2011 Draft Gerrit Cole, who threw a gem himself. 

In the 1st inning, Fernandez was dealing, throwing as fast as 99 mph. It was reminiscent of his start in his hometown of Tampa. Also similarly to his Tampa start, Fernandez had a rough 2nd inning, in which he gave up four hits and two runs. Fernandez was frustrated after the inning, but his catcher Jeff Mathis was even more frustrated, showing it by tossing the teams bucket of bubble gum across the dugout.

The Marlins offense was able to bring Fernandez back into the game with key hits and base running by Logan Morrison and Ed Lucas. Lucas scored Giancarlo Stanton, who got on base after being walked, and with smart base running by Morrison and Lucas, the former was able to get to third and the latter was able to get to second to make his hit a double. Donovan Solano then scored LoMo on a sacrifice fly out to right field.

Fernandez then made the most of his team’s offense and immediately went to work in the top of the 5th. Fernandez struck out the side, bringing his strikeout number to a career tying 10. 

Giancarlo Stanton was able to push the Fish ahead in the 6th inning with a blast to center field, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The home run was Giancarlo’s 14th of the season. 

Fernandez was enthusiastic about the idea of going for the complete game, but manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez put that down and put out Steve Cishek to close the game. After getting two outs, Cishek allowed two players on base, but was able to get a third out before anyone scored.

Dolphins Start Training Camp

The eyes will be on newly acquired receiver Mike Wallace, the progression of young quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and the variety of competitions within the team throughout the duration of the Miami Dolphins training camp. And it would be long until they are in the national spotlight, as the Dolphins are up against the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on August 4th.

The game will give Fins fans a chance to see how Mike Wallace’s chemistry with Tannehill has progressed, and how much better Tannehill has gotten himself so he could be considered among the elites in the league.

One of the most interesting topics going on in Dolphins news is the different competitions going on. The most interesting competitions are at running back and kicker. There is a three player battle for starting RB, involving Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gilislee. The most likely winner is going to be Daniel Thomas, but a dark horse for the starting spot is Gilislee. Although he only had one year to show his stuff at UF, he put up great numbers. 

The kicking position is where the best competition is at, featuring incumbent Dan Carpenter and draftee Caleb Sturgis. And that is something noteworthy, that he was in fact drafted. Most teams pick up their special teams players as undrafted free agents. So when a kicker is drafted, it is very notable. I feel that the final winner of the competition will be Sturgis, because if he was drafted, the Dolphins definitely see something in him.

-Ricky

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