Things went downhill from the very first pitch for Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners tonight.
Toronto’s Jose Reyes sent that first pitch over the right-centerfield wall, and the Blue Jays were on their way to a 7-2 win, thrilling their many fans among the crowd of 28,198 at Safeco Field.
“It was a struggle,” Hernandez said. “I fell behind from the beginning — a lead-off home run. That was a tough thing.”
Seattle’s implosion came quickly. The Mariners were down 1-0 after one, 4-0 after four, and 6-0 after five, when Hernandez gave way to the reworked bullpen.
Hernandez (11-5) wasn’t helped by the Seattle defense, which recorded three errors behind him and another after he left.
“It happens. It’s baseball,” he said. “That’s part of the game. I made a couple of mistakes and fell behind a lot and they capitalized and scored some runs.”
The Mariners’ ace gave up nine hits and walked three while throwing 101 pitches over five innings. It was his first loss since May 25 and his shortest outing since June 20.
“He wasn’t getting a whole lot off the corner – it seemed like it was a pretty tight strike zone,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “And when he did miss, he missed out and over the plate, and then he was hit. Even with the sloppy defense we’ve seen a sharper Felix, obviously. But, hey, we’re all human.”
Final: Toronto 7, Mariners 2. A bad one for the home team from literally the first pitch, which Jose Reyes knocked over the right-field wall.
Mariners fall to 52-61. Felix Hernandez falls to 11-5.
Eighth: Lucas Luetge in for Mariners. In his first day back up from Tacoma, Capps went two innings, allowing one run, unearned, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.
Seventh: Toronto adds another run — unearned again. Mariners up to four errors tonight, this one a destined-for-blooper-immortatily throw from Raul Ibanez. However, Seattle gets two back in the bottom inning from a Brad Miller triple to cernter bringing home Smoak (who had singles) and Blanco (who had walked). Tornto, 7-2.
Sixth: Felix’s night is over — as it is for a far number of fans. Carter Capps comes out to start the sixth. Hernandez went five innings, allowed six runs, three earned, nine hits, three walks, three shutouts. He threw 101 pitches, 60 strikes.
Fifth: Jays add two more, Felix is at 101 pitches, and the Toronto fans are having a fine time with a 6-0 lead.
Fourth inning: Mariners commit two errors, and Blue Jays add three unearned runs to take 4-0 lead. Felix Hernandez has thrown 73 pitches.
First inning:Jays jump ahead instantly as Jose Reyes leads off with a home run to right-center against Felix Hernandez. Damage ends there. In the bottom half, Mariners get runners to first and third with one out, but orales hits into DP that ends it. Toronto, 1-0.
Play ball:We’re under way at Safeco: Blue Jays at Mariners, on Root.
Lineup: Main news in the lineup is Nick Franklin back at second after a couple of days off for physical and mental reboot.