May 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) hits a 2-RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Hernandez And Mike Zunino Lead Mariners Over Angels


Felix Hernandez is clearly over whatever was ailing him earlier this month. This past weekend, I speculated that Felix may have been suffering from some sort of nagging injury that wasn’t serious enough to miss time over, but bad enough that it messed with his timing.

That is FAR behind us now.

Felix just missed throwing the first complete game of the 2014 season for the Seattle Mariners striking out nine and walking only two while allowing only four hits. Felix got two outs in the 9th before back to back hits by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols scored the first run and chased Felix from the game.

As for offense, leave that to Felix’s battery mate. Mike Zunino knocked in two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and hit a solo homer in the 8th to provide more than enough offense for The King.

For Felix, it would have been his first complete game since August 27, 2012. It appeared that Lloyd McClendon was going to pull him after the 8th, but the conversation in the dugout was pretty short, probably Felix telling Lloyd, “nope”.

Hernandez lowered his ERA to 2.57 and improved to 7-1 on the year. Fernando Rodney came in to close the door, getting the final out to secure the win for Felix and earn his 13th save of the year.

The Mariners can win the series tomorrow, but will have to do it with Brandon Maurer on the hill.

BOX SCORE

LA Angels Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kendrick, H, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .294
Trout, CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .281
Pujols, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .262
Freese, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .214
Ibanez, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .151
Aybar, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .265
Calhoun, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .203
Conger, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .278
Cowgill, LF 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .276
Totals 29 1 4 1 2 9 7

 

BATTING
2B: Pujols (14, Hernandez, F).
TB: Trout; Pujols 2; Kendrick, H; Aybar.
RBI: Pujols (32).
2-out RBI: Pujols.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Conger; Freese.
GIDP: Kendrick, H.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Aybar (3, 2nd base off Hernandez, F/Zunino).
CS: Kendrick, H (3, 3rd base by Hernandez, F/Zunino).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Pujols-Aybar-Pujols 2).

Seattle Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jones, J, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .266
Romero, S, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .198
   1- Saunders, M, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .327
Smoak, 1B 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 .230
Seager, 3B 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .247
Buck, DH 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .211
Ackley, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250
Zunino, C 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 .239
Franklin, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .167
Totals 27 3 5 3 2 6 10

1-Ran for Romero, S in the 8th.

 

BATTING
HR: Zunino (7, 8th inning off Wilson, C, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jones, J; Romero, S; Zunino 5; Smoak.
RBI: Zunino 3 (21).
2-out RBI: Zunino 2.
GIDP: Cano 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jones, J (1, 2nd base by Wilson, C/Conger).

FIELDING
DP: (Franklin-Cano-Smoak).

LA Angels Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wilson, C (L, 6-4) 7.2 5 3 3 2 5 1 3.05
Jepsen 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.41
Seattle Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez, F (W, 7-1) 8.2 4 1 1 2 9 0 2.57
Rodney (S, 13) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.75

  WP: Wilson, C.
HBP: Romero, S (by Wilson, C).
Pitches-strikes: Wilson, C 115-68, Jepsen 4-3, Hernandez, F 116-70, Rodney 3-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wilson, C 9-2, Jepsen 0-0, Hernandez, F 7-3, Rodney 0-0.
Batters faced: Wilson, C 29, Jepsen 1, Hernandez, F 30, Rodney 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Jepsen 1-0, Rodney 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: CB Bucknor. 3B: Hal Gibson III.
Weather: 63 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:30.
Att: 13,895.
Venue: Safeco Field.
May 28, 2014

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  • maqman

    It would probably do the team more good if they just conceded this game and gave everyone a day off. Sending Maurer out to the bump is essentially a concession anyway. About our only chance is if a lot of cold bats miraculously heat up at the same time tonight. I’m not holding my breath for that to happen. There’s probably a better chance that the Titanic finally arrives in New York.