Felix Hernandez is running into problems in real life and in cyberland. In the real life game here, the A’s lead 2-0 after Hernandez served up a home run to Washington native Travis Buck. Hernandez then gave up a double to the gap by Ryan Sweeney and an RBI single to left by Kurt Suzuki. In the interim, Jack Cust struck out for the AL record 187th time and got a mock round of applause. Ichiro then made a lunging catch in right to spare Hernandez another earned run allowed. We’re on the the fifth.
In MLB2K action, Hernandez just got rocked for a home run by Preston Wilson, then two singles and a two-run double by Jimmy Rollins. The latter later scored on a groundout. Hernandez now finds himself trailing 5-4 after three innings. Bad news travels in bunches.
The real-life Mariners will try to avoid loss No. 96, which would officially give them the most defeats of any team in baseball to ever spend $100 million or more. Not much of a lineup being put out by either team. Advantgae to Felix Hernandez…maybe. Oh yeah, it’s raining.
For Dave from the Roast, in the comments thread, this photo’s for you:
7:56 p.m.: Felix Hernandez has yet to give up a hit as we head to the bottom of the fourth. Hernandez had set down seven straight before an error by Yuniesky Betancourt on a routine grounder. Wladimir Balentien notched an infield single, then got thrown out by a ton on a stolen base attempt (hit and run?) in the fourth. Kenji Johjima promptly doubled, but there was no one else on base. Two hits for Johjima in two at-bats so far, no doubt inspired by Jim Riggleman’s pre-game vote of confidence.
OK, now for the update you’ve been waiting for. We’re in the third inning of MLB2K action and the Mariners just took a 4-1 lead. Hernandez gave up a run in the bottom of the first, but with two out in the top of the third, J.D. Drew obliterated a Ryan Franklin offering and sent it about 440 feet over the wall in center. His 83rd homer of the year. The very next batter, Robinson Cano, tagged a rattled Franklin for another homer run. Hear them both right here.
7:33 p.m.: No score yet as we head to the bottom of the second inning. Felix Hernandez got the side 1-2-3 in the first. Jack Cust just struck out to start the second inning, tying the AL record with his 186th whiff of the year.
The Mariners put two on with one out in the second, but Matt Tuiasosopo struck out and Rob Johnson lined out. In MLB2K action though, stuff is happening fast and furiously at the Coliseum, where Connor Jackson singled in the first inning and J.D. Drew hit his 82nd homer of the season to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. Listen to both hits right here on this audio clip. The longball came off former M’s pitcher Ryan Franklin, now with the A’s in cyberland.