SEATTLE – Before he took the mound on Sunday afternoon and achieved a career milestone significant enough to warrant stadium-wide recognition, Felix Hernandez called his mom.
It was Mother’s Day, after all, so Hernandez phoned home to Venezuela to check in with his mother, Mirian.
He said she told him to “go out there and do what you know to do. Pitch good.”
So he did.
“My mom’s from Venezuela and I miss her so much,” Hernandez said. “I just wanted to go out there and try to help the team win and dedicate this game to my mom and my wife.”
That’s what Hernandez wanted to talk about after the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, to complete a sweep of this three-game series at Safeco Field. He allowed two runs in seven innings and improved his season record to 6-0 in seven starts.
And he also became the fourth-youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the 2,000-strikeout mark, accomplishing that honor with a strikeout of Sam Fuld to lead off the fifth inning. Bert Blyleven, Sam McDowell and Walter Johnson are the only pitchers to record their 2,000th career strikeout at a younger age. Read more »