The very exciting young Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (6-5) held the Rockies to five hits, two walks and two runs in seven innings. He also struck out eight in Miami’s 4-2 win over Colorado.
As good as the Marlins’ All-Star is, he is just 20-years old and has a bit of the cockiness of youth and it came back to hurt him once last night.
“I’m thinking, `This guy, he’s kind of old,” Fernandez said. “I know he can hit. So maybe I have a shot to blow it by him? I blew it by him — into the second deck. Sorry about that.”
Fernandez was referring to the home run he allowed to Todd Helton, just his seventh of the season.
Fernandez can be forgiven since he is not the first pitcher burnt by Helton. The homer was the 361st of Helton’s career and tied him with Joe DiMaggio for 76th place on the all-time homer list.
Helton is in good company