May 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) is surrounded by a field of pink during a Mother
King Felix Notches Career Strikeout #2000
Felix Hernandez has long been recognized in the Pacific Northwest as the best pitcher in baseball, but today he etched his name in the record books. King Felix became the 4th youngest pitcher in MLB history to tally 2000 career punch outs. Hernandez struck out Sam Fuld in the 5th inning to record the milestone, and now Fuld and Felix will forever be tied.
Hernandez’s 2000th career strikeout was not his only highlight this afternoon. The King spun a gem, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits across 6 innings en route to earning his 6th win of the season. He struck out 6 A’s, and walked just 1. Had it not been for Marcus Semien, today would have been a truly spectacular day.
King Felix is now 6-0 on the season, and he has posted a measly 1.85 ERA. Hernandez will hope to continue his Cy Young caliber season when he squares off against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Safeco Field.
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