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.
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
Rob Johnson singled with one out and took third when Ichiro punched a hit-and-run single up the middle.
Jose Lopez grounded out, stranding Johnson at third.
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?
After singles by Travis Hafner and Luis Valbuena, Matt LaPorta doubled and the Indians had Hernandez on the ropes.
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.
It’s a final: Indians 6, Mariners 1