It wasn’t always like this. There have been many years where, the Mariners would score at will one night, then muster only two hits the night Felix Hernandez took the mound.
It was like they didn’t feel they had to try as hard on offense because Felix would shut the opponent down on his end.
Felix got more than enough run support, even if it did come late in the game, as the Seattle Mariners shellacked the New York Yankees 10-2 in Yankee Stadium Monday night.
It was a homecoming for Mariners leadoff man James Jones, whose mother, sister and several friends were in attendance. Jones was born and raised in Brooklyn and grew up loving the Yankees. Unfortunately for Jones, as happens so many times, he was the only one not to get in on the action tonight.
Every Mariner in the lineup scored with the exception of Jones. Every Mariner got at least one hit, with the exception of Jones and Endy Chavez. Jones did lay down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 7th which set up a 2-RBI single by Michael Saunders.
I haven’t even mentioned Robinson Cano yet. In his second return trip to the Bronx, Cano – who was back in the lineup for the first time in five days – walked twice, got a hit and scored once.
But setting all of that aside. The real story tonight was the bat of Kyle Seager.
Seager was 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI and a homer in the 9th to completely blow the doors off the game. He becomes only the 6th Mariner to have four extra-base hits in one game. The last to do it was Adrian Beltre in 2007.
Seager became the first major leaguer to hit two triples and at least one homer and one double since Hal Breeden for the Montreal Expos in 1973, according to STATS. The last AL player to do it was Hoot Evers for the Detroit Tigers in 1950.
King Felix is now 8-1 on the season, having won his last five straight. Felix scattered eight hits and two runs in seven innings of work. He walked none and struck out eight. He would’ve pitched a shutout, if he hadn’t kicked his foot out at a ball hit back up the middle by Ichiro Suzuki, which scored the two runs.
The Mariners now head to Atlanta for a two-game series against the NL East leading Braves.
- 2B – K Seager (12, A Aceves); M Zunino (8, D Phelps)
- 3B – K Seager 2 (3, D Phelps 2)
- HR – M Saunders (4, 9th inning off A Aceves 0 on, 2 Out), K Seager (9, 9th inning off A Aceves 2 on, 2 Out)
- S – J Jones, E Chavez
- RBI – M Saunders 3 (25), K Seager 3 (36), M Zunino (22), D Ackley (20), B Miller 2 (14)
- 2-out RBI – M Saunders, K Seager 3
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Jones 1, E Chavez 1
- Team LOB – 5
- CS – R Cano (2, 2nd base by D Phelps/B McCann), D Ackley (2, 2nd base by D Phelps/B McCann)
- DP – 1 (B Miller-J Smoak)
- 2B – Y Solarte (12, F Hernandez)
- RBI – I Suzuki 2 (7)
- 2-out RBI – I Suzuki 2
- Team LOB – 5
|Félix Hernández(W, 8-1)||7.0||8||2||2||0||8||0||1.03||2.57|
|David Phelps(L, 1-3)||6.0||6||6||6||3||4||0||1.43||4.11|
- HBP – M Zunino (by D Phelps)
- Pitches-strikes – F Hernandez 111-74; C Furbush 13-11; J Beimel 12-8; D Phelps 92-50; M Thornton 11-8; A Aceves 36-26
- Ground balls-fly balls – F Hernandez 12-2; C Furbush 1-1; J Beimel 1-1; D Phelps 7-8; M Thornton 2-0; A Aceves 4-5
- Batters faced – F Hernandez 27; C Furbush 4; J Beimel 3; D Phelps 27; M Thornton 4; A Aceves 11
- Game Time: 2:54.
- Umpires: HP–David Rackley. 1B–Tony Randazzo. 2B–Jim Wolf. 3B–Brian Gorman.
- Weather: 77 degrees, Clear.
- Wind: 12 mph, Right to Left.
- Attendance: 41,539.