As I mentioned earlier, it’s Felix’s second to last start of the season. Not what you would call a massive crowd in attendance to see it. I’m guessing about less than 17,000. But it’s cold, it was downpouring earlier and not a weekend night, so I should have expected much more than that.
A nice little 1-2-3 inning for Felix.
Rookie Trevor Cahill supposedly throws one of the better sinkers. However his inability to have command with the pitch, particularly in getting it over for a strike has hurt him at times this season. He’s given up 26 homers this season and walked 70 guys, but he’s made 31 starts.
The Mariners don’t do much against Cahill, going 1-2-3 with a couple of flyballs.
Felix works himself into a bit of a jam, plunking Kurt Suzuki and walking Jack Cust, but a strike out of Daric Barton and a 5-3 DP from Adrian Beltre ends things nicely.
The Mariners are on the scoreboard. Junior leads off with a walk, Beltre doubles into the gap and Bill Hall later scores him with a fielder’s choice to shortstop. It’s 1-0 Mariners …. offensive juggernaut!!!!
Felix allows a hit to Eric “Don’t call me Corey” Patterson and later walks the incomparable Rajai Davis, but then then strikes out Ryan Sweeney to end the inning. He’s kind of all over the place, almost effectively wild.
The Mariners get runners on first and second with no outs, but can’t get a run across as Jose Lopez flyball to right wasn’t deep enough for one of his trademark sacrifice flies and Junior struck out off of Cahill to end the inning.
Well, Felix got in a jam he couldn’t come out of unscathed. A one-out walk later turned into a two-out RBI single from Mark Ellis. Felix gave up another hit, but he’s at 68 pitches after four innings. Not a good number.
The Mariners aren’t doing a whole lot against Cahill, who’s given them base runners but no more runs.
A much better inning for Felix, no walks, no runners, just three quick outs.
But there is nothing quick about the bottom of the inning. The Mariners go up 2-1 on Gutierrez’s sac fly to center. Lopez follows with a single and Junior unleashes a three-run bomb to right. The few fans that were there should have asked for a curtain call, it could be his last homer as a Mariner.It keeps going with Bill Hall delivering an RBI single as well. Felix now has a 6-1 lead to pitch with.
three up, three down for Felix.
Three up, three down for his teammates
Felix allows a hit, but gets out unscathed, he’ll start the eighth
Beltre with a two-out single, but he’s stranded there.
Felix starts the inning, but can’t finish it. He gives up back to back singles to start the inning. But then gets a fielders choice and gives up a sac fly to Daric Barton to score a run. With two outs, he hits Mark Ellis and then walks Eric Patterson. At 120 pitches, Wakamatsu had seen enough and pulled him. The crowd — not a huge one by any means — gave him a standing ovation. Mark Lowe came on and struck out Cliff Pennington to end the inning.
Felix’s line — 7 2/3 innings pitched, 2 runs, 7 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batters. 120 pitches, 69 strikes
Aardsma was a little shaky there, but he managed to not blow the game and the Mariners and Felix get the win.