Fernandez had a no hitter through 5 and a third innings before allowing a squib single down the third base line that Placido Polanco had no chance at. Of course Fernandez promptly induced a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
The Nationals look absolutely lost at the plate as Fernandez continues to deal. In a bit of a change, the Marlins have jumped out to an early 5-0 lead for Fernandez.
Miami’s manager Mike Redmond avoided a potentially difficult decision by Fernandez giving up the hit. One has to wonder what he would have done if Fernandez had a no hitter going into the 8th or 9th inning with his innings limit in place. I hope that he would have left Jose in but I guess we won’t know the answer to that question tonight.
Fernandez finished the outing after seven innings. He is now at 155 2/3 innings for the season. We will see if the Marlins stick to their 170 inning limit with him the next time out.