If you’ve ever wondered how Felix Hernandez would do in the National League, where he’d face a pitcher evey few innings, read on – it’s Felix vs. the Dodgers tonight.
Yes, it’s Adrian Beltre’s last game for 6-8 weeks, but the Mariners badly need a dose of good news. The kind a win would bring.
The team looked lackluster in defeat last night, and then got the word from Beltre today that he was going to have surgery on his left shoulder.
That will thin out an already quiet offense, so what Seattle needs is a start that handcuffs the opposition.
Hernandez has pitched like an ace most of the season. The Mariners need that to continue tonight.
A lead for Felix
Franklin Gutierrez doubled Jose Lopez home from first base in the second inning, then Ichiro led off the third with a single and scored on Russell Branyan’s triple.
It was Ichiro’s second hit of the night, and his seventh consecutive multi-hit game – tying his career high.
Ken Griffey Jr. followed up with his ninth home run of the season, and Hernandez is up by four.
That was Junior’s 55th career interleague home run, leaving him one behind Jim Thome for the most in baseball history.
In the third inning: Mariners 4, Dodgers 0
Look out, Ichi!
Felix worked around a two-out hit-and-run single that put runners on first and third base, getting a line drive directly at Ichiro in right field.
Unfortunately, Ichiro lost it in the lights, and – on his knees trying to block it – took that line drive off his inner thigh.
Yes, folks, that was close to disaster.
As it was, it cost the Mariners one run.
After three: Mariners 4, Dodgers 1
That’s Mister Hernandez
Into the seventh, Felix is dealing.
Six innings, six strike outs, three hits allowed – and the Dodgers wouldn’t have a run if not for that ball lost in the lights.
Let’s say the Dodgers are impressed.
In the seventh: Mariners 4, Dodgers 1
And in the end
After Felix had thrown 117 pitches in eight innings, matching his season high, Aardsma finished the game, surviving a double
and a walk in the ninth.
That pushes the Mariners record to 38-36. A year ago, the were 26-48.
Final: Mariners 5, Dodgers 1