Felix Hernandez And Mike Zunino Lead Mariners Over Angels
By Dan Hughes
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.
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.
SB: Aybar (3, 2nd base off Hernandez, F/Zunino).
CS: Kendrick, H (3, 3rd base by Hernandez, F/Zunino).
DP: 2 (Pujols-Aybar-Pujols 2).
1-Ran for Romero, S in the 8th.
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.
CS: Jones, J (1, 2nd base by Wilson, C/Conger).
|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.
Venue: Safeco Field.
May 28, 2014