Felix Hernandez is pretty good at baseball. He especially loves playing in front of his fans at Safeco. Tuesday night was no exception.
King Felix extended his MLB-record streak of games pitched with 7+ IP and 2 runs allowed or less to 15 straight with a dominating performance of the Atlanta Braves. Felix pitched 8 IP, allowed only four hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out nine. Fernando Rodney came in and allowed a run but closed the door for his American League lead-tying 31st save as the M’s won 4-2.
Fans on Twitter went nuts when Felix allowed a run in the 2nd, saying that the game was over, the Braves would win 1-0. And to be fair, there have been plenty of examples where that would be the case.
But not this time.
Logan Morrison‘s RBI single in the 4th scored the tying run. Then Chris Taylor reached on a throwing error by Braves 2B Tommy La Stella, allowing two more runs to score. Austin Jackson then singled in Taylor and the score was 4-1.
But the story once again, was Felix. He tied Gaylord Perry‘s 1974 record with 15 straight starts of 7 IP or more, allowing two earned runs or less. During this streak, Felix is 8-2. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Mariners had scored only 10 runs in his last five starts. Felix was 1-1 with three no decisions in those five games.
Felix Hernandez (12-3) lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.97 for the season. He is one win and 13 strikeouts away from being tied for the league lead in all three of the Triple Crown categories.
The Atlanta Braves have lost seven straight and are fading in the NL East. The Mariners improved to 58-54 on the season and are tied with the Yankees, one game back of the Blue Jays for the second Wild-Card with the Royals a half game in between.
The Mariners are 3-0 against the Braves this season and look for the season sweep today.
|Tommy La Stella2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0||.290|
- 2B – T La Stella (13, F Rodney); J Upton (27, F Hernandez)
- RBI – J Upton (64), C Johnson (49)
- 2-out RBI – C Johnson
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Upton 1
- GIDP – E Gattis
- Team LOB – 4
- SB – E Bonifacio (16, 2nd base off F Hernandez/M Zunino)
- E – T La Stella (4, field)
- DP – 2 (A Wood-T La Stella-F Freeman, R Pena-T La Stella-F Freeman)
- 2B – C Taylor (4, A Wood)
- RBI – A Jackson (34), L Morrison (19)
- 2-out RBI – A Jackson
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, L Morrison 1, M Zunino 1
- GIDP – A Jackson, K Morales
- Team LOB – 6
- DP – 1 (K Seager-R Cano-L Morrison)
|Alex Wood(L, 7-9)||6.0||5||4||1||4||5||0||1.24||3.20|
|Félix Hernández(W, 12-3)||8.0||4||1||1||1||8||0||0.88||1.97|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 31)||1.0||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.23||2.36|
- HBP – K Seager (by A Wood)
- Pitches-strikes – A Wood 104-55; J Russell 12-9; D Carpenter 13-9; F Hernandez 97-73; F Rodney 16-13
- Ground balls-fly balls – A Wood 8-5; J Russell 2-1; D Carpenter 1-0; F Hernandez 12-4; F Rodney 2-1
- Batters faced – A Wood 28; J Russell 3; D Carpenter 3; F Hernandez 28; F Rodney 5
- Game Time: 2:29.
- Umpires: HP–Pat Hoberg. 1B–Lance Barrett. 2B–Brian Gorman. 3B–Ed Hickox.
- Weather: 74 degrees, Clear.
- Wind: 3 mph, Left to Right.
- Attendance: 24,496.