Felix Shuts Down Padres


Felix Hernandez certainly earned the nickname “King” tonight. He gracefully worked through a two hit shutout tonight as the Mariners cruised to a 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres.  I can’t think of a better way to rebound from a tough sweep like the one the Mariners just suffered in Colorado.

Franklin Gutierrez and Adrian Beltre both went deep for their fourth and fifth home runs, respectively, and Ken Griffey Jr. lined a two run single up the middle to tack on some insurance in the ninth. Our fifth run came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jose Lopez.

The big story tonight was clearly Felix Hernandez, though, who worked hard to guarantee a happy Felix Day for Mariners fans everywhere. His line for the night pretty much sums up how amazing he was – 9 IP, 6 K’s, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB. No one could touch him – it was as simple as that. He improves to 7-3 on the year, and the possibility of an all star game appearance is looking more and more realistic.

On the other side of things, Kevin Correia pitched a decent game for the Padres, but it was clear that he was over matched, and he would have needed to be flawless to have a chance at beating Felix.

Other News and Game Notes:

Ichiro’s hit streak is now at: 0 games 🙁

The Angels and the Rangers both won tonight too, so we do not gain any ground.

Russell Branyan will miss Thursday’s game to attend his grandfather’s funeral. My condolences to him and his family.

We send Garrett Olson to the hill tomorrow.

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