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Watch: Diamondbacks' Peralta beaned, leaves on own power

John Marshall
Associated Press

Phoenix — Jose Fernandez mixed his pitches well, putting together a strong fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

One pitch that got away from him nearly spoiled his night.

Fernandez struck out 11 in seven innings to lift the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, but was concerned after hitting David Peralta in the head with a pitch in the sixth inning.

"It's really scary; you never want to hit someone in the head," said Fernandez, who has become friends with Peralta after meeting him earlier this year. "The ball came out of my hand, I knew it was a really bad pitch. I was hoping for him to not get hit. I'm not too happy about that."


Fernandez (3-0) was sharp through the first five innings, hitting 98 mph on the radar gun while getting the Diamondbacks to repeatedly swing through pitches.

He lost control of a fastball when he struck Peralta on the right side of the head.

Peralta went down immediately and Fernandez put his glove over his head as the left fielder didn't move for nearly a minute.

Arizona's trainer and manager Chip Hale raced out to check on Peralta, who eventually sat up and walked off the field slowly. Peralta said the pitch hit him in the shoulder first and was fine after the game, but Hale wasn't too thrilled that the 0-2 pitch ended up where it did.

"Nobody should be pitching the ball by somebody's head. It is not the place to go," he said. "You just can't do that. People always say he didn't mean to do it. He probably didn't mean to do it, but nobody knows that."

Arizona bench coach Turner Ward was ejected after yelling something from the dugout after Peralta was hit and Diamondbacks reliever Dominic Leone was ejected in the seventh inning after hitting Christian Yelich with a pitch, but the Marlins didn't seem to mind that since Yelich was hit in the backside.

"The Diamondbacks handled it the right way," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "It's part of baseball."