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Game #124: Can the Mariners help Felix get his 13th?

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 23, 2009 at 10:09 am with No Comments »
August 23, 2009 10:09 am

Felix Hernandez hasn’t won a game since Aug. 1, which hasn’t helped his Cy Young Award candidacy – or his luck.

In his last two starts, for instance, Felix has allowed one run in 14 innings and come away with a pair of no-decisions. Even for Seattle, that’s tough to do.

Today the Mariners have their left-handed slant, with Ken Griffey Jr. (.220) batting cleanup. Junior begins the day 0-for-6 this trip, and hasn’t homered since Aug. 7.

Junior and Felix could use a good day.

It’s Hernandez vs. Fausto Carmona.

That hurts

Grady Sizemore wound up with a triple whe left field Ryan Langerhans made a long run, had the ball hit his glove and then slammed into the wall at full speed.

Langerhans stayed in the game – his throw, from his back, on the warning track – prevented Sizemore from circling the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

Hernandez got Jamey Carroll, then Shin-Soo Choo to ground out with the infield in, then gave up Jhonny Peralta’s two-out RBI single.

After one: Indians 1, Mariners 0

Not again!

Rob Johnson singled with one out and took third when Ichiro punched a hit-and-run single up the middle.

Russell Branyan, who twice failed to get runners home from third base with less than two outs Saturday , struck out again in the same situation.

Jose Lopez grounded out, stranding Johnson at third.

In the third: Indians 1, Mariners 0

Junior delivers

Mr. Griffey hit home run No. 13 this season, No. 624 for his career, over the wall in right-center field to tie the game.

In the fourth: Mariners 1, Indians 1

Peralta strikes again

He drove in the first Cleveland run with a two-out RBI single, and leading off the fourth, Peralta hit his 10th home run of the season, good for his 67th RBI.

After four: Indians 2, Mariners 1

That’s a mistake

Wonder why Felix hasn’t won in three weeks?

Lopez booted Peralta’s one-out ground, and it sparked a big inning.

After singles by Travis Hafner and Luis Valbuena, Matt LaPorta doubled and the Indians had Hernandez on the ropes.

A sacrifice fly got a third run home, and Andy Mafrte’s RBI single accounted for another.

Hernandez probably won’t pitch in the seventh. He wobbled through the sixth and has 101 pitches.

Afer six: Indians 6, Mariners 1

How not to treat an ace

Behind Felix today, the Mariners went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and allowed three unearned runs.

That’s a lethal combination.

The Mariners went 2-4 on the trip – Felix started twice and didn’t win – and stagger home 63-61. No, it’s not pretty at the moment.

It’s a final: Indians 6, Mariners 1

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