Felix Hernandez Dominates Blue Jays, Offense Explodes 11-1

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In a game that felt like a one-game playoff, and in fact could end up being a playoff matchup, Felix Hernandez was up to the challenge. So too were the Mariners bats apparently.

In a rare turn of events, Felix got more run support than he typically gets in a month as the Mariners jumped all over the Toronto Blue Jays 11-1 Monday night at Safeco.

On a night in which the roof had to be closed due to thunderstorms, the fans were electric, displaying their 10th Man pride, and Felix brought the lightning as per usual. He extended his streak of games with 7+ IP and two runs or less allowed to 16 straight, with another 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB and 8 K. The one blemish, a solo homer by Jose Bautista in the top of the 4th.

In the bottom of the 4th, down 1-0, the Mariners bats responded with two of their own. A sac fly by Kyle Seager to tie the game and a single by Mike Zunino to put the M’s on top for good.

But they weren’t done. In the 6th, the Mariners offense brought the thunder.

Robinson Cano led off the inning with a solo homer to left, his 10th of the season. Then after Kendrys Morales grounded out, Seager walked and Zunino knocked him home with a triple down the right field line.

Aug 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) and Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) hug in the dugout after the final out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

After Logan Morrison struck out, Endy Chavez doubled to score Zunino and Brad Miller tripled in Chavez. Austin Jackson walked and stole second, then Dustin Ackley singled in both Miller and Jackson, giving the M’s the team cycle in the 6th.

Then it was Cano’s turn again. This time he drove a pitch to left-center that hit just inches from the top of the wall. His double scored Ackley and the Mariners had put up a seven-spot in the 6th.

The M’s added two more in the 7th and the bullpen took over for Felix as Joe Beimel and Danny Farquhar each pitched a perfect inning to seal the win.

Felix Hernandez has eight starts left in the regular season, and at 13 wins, stands a chance at his first 20-win season. If the offense continues to perform like this for him, he has a real shot.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Toronto

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Munenori KawasakiSS400000100.274
Melky CabreraDH400000001.315
José BautistaRF211110000.295
Nolan ReimoldPH-RF200000200.220
Colby RasmusCF302000100.225
Dioner NavarroC200000101.276
Josh TholePH-C100000101.267
Danny Valencia3B300000002.290
Juan Francisco1B300000100.222
Steve Tolleson2B300000200.235
Anthony GoseLF300000200.236
Totals30131101105

Batting

2B – C Rasmus (16, F Hernandez)

HR – J Bautista (23, 4th inning off F Hernandez 0 on, 2 Out)

RBI – J Bautista (71)

2-out RBI – J Bautista

GIDP – D Valencia

Team LOB – 2

Seattle

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Austin JacksonCF410001213.271
Dustin AckleyLF511200102.251
Robinson Canó2B322211000.333
Chris TaylorSS100000000.391
Kendrys MoralesDH511000201.214
Kyle Seager3B120102000.274
Mike ZuninoC322201000.216
Logan Morrison1B301000102.223
Endy ChávezRF312100001.267
James JonesPH-RF100100001.257
Brad MillerSS-2B211200100.201
Totals31111011157110

Batting

2B – R Cano (28, B Mills); K Morales (14, D Hutchison); E Chavez (7, D Hutchison)

3B – M Zunino (2, D Hutchison); B Miller (2, B Mills)

HR – R Cano (10, 6th inning off D Hutchison 0 on, 0 Out)

S – B Miller

SF – K Seager, B Miller

RBI – D Ackley 2 (44), R Cano 2 (66), K Seager (72), M Zunino 2 (45), E Chavez (14), J Jones (9), B Miller 2 (28)

2-out RBI – D Ackley 2, R Cano, E Chavez, B Miller

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ackley 2, K Morales 1

Team LOB – 5

Running

SB – A Jackson (10, 2nd base off B Mills/D Navarro)

Fielding

PB – M Zunino

DP – 1 (K Seager-R Cano-L Morrison)

Pitching

Toronto

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Drew Hutchison(L, 8-10)5.27662511.294.60
Brad Mills2.13553201.949.15

Seattle

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Félix Hernández(W, 13-3)7.03110810.861.95
Joe Beimel1.00000201.151.30
Danny Farquhar1.00000101.152.68

HBP – L Morrison (by B Mills)

Pitches-strikes – D Hutchison 95-62; B Mills 64-35; F Hernandez 96-68; J Beimel 9-7; D Farquhar 17-12

Ground balls-fly balls – D Hutchison 7-9; B Mills 2-3; F Hernandez 10-4; J Beimel 1-0; D Farquhar 0-0

Batters faced – D Hutchison 26; B Mills 14; F Hernandez 24; J Beimel 3; D Farquhar 3

Game Details

Game Time: 2:43.

Umpires: HP–Quinn Wolcott. 1B–Dale Scott. 2B–Ben May. 3B–CB Bucknor.

Weather: 81 degrees, Mildly Cloudy.

Wind: 0 mph, No Wind Direction.

Attendance: 41,168.

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