We saw two different games out of Felix Hernandez today. The one he pitched before that sixth inning error by Jose Lopez. And the spate of hits that came after the bobble of a routine grounder, opening the door to a four-run Cleveland inning and a 6-1 defeat for the Mariners.
Hernandez had some bad luck on that first-inning triple that popped out of the glove of Ryan Langerhans, then left a pitch up in the middle of the zone on that Jhonny Peralta pitch. But he was otherwise pitching a pretty good game until the Lopez error.
Three straight hits, a lined sacrifice fly and another hit later, four runs had scored.
That’s not what the team expects out of Hernandez. We’ve seen better than that ever since Don Wakamatsu called him out.
In any event, he would likely not have won this game even if he had toughened up after the Lopez error. This offense has now scored just one run over the last 19 innings. Yep, that Ken Griffey Jr. homer today was all she wrote. And when you don’t score, you can’t win, no matter how bad the team you’re playing. The game ended with Josh Wilson, perhaps playing his final contest for the M’s, taking a called third strike in the photo above.
A disappointing 2-4 trip. Could be many more if this team doesn’t get some offense to compensate for a tiring bullpen and starting pitchers who may not be able to carry this team as they’ve done for most of the season.