Felix Hernandez ran his personal scoreless innings streak against the White Sox up to 25 innings tonight before they finally scored a pair in the third inning.
Unfortunately, that pair was all the White Sox needed. Seattle’s offense has its own little streak of futility going when Hernandez faces the White Sox. They have now scored just one run in the last 22 innings Hernandez has been on the mound against Chicago.
It cost him two victories in games that went to extra innings before anybody even scored. And tonight, the two Hernandez gave up in the third — which could have been unearned had Jose Lopez been charged with an error on a borderline grounder — were enough to lose him the game.
Yeah, Hernandez now has a 7-7 record even with the second-best ERA in the league at 2.87.
Sure, he gave up four runs in seven innings tonight, but on a lot of teams, that’s enough to win. Brian Sweeney gave up two more in the eighth.
Not much to say about this one.
John Danks owned the Mariners for eight innings. Their best chance, outside of the run they scored in the third, came with two on and one out in the eighth. But Chone Figgins grounded into a double play.
This is why you don’t throw a parade for a pair of weekend wins.
Figgins and company looked ordinary tonight. And if you look back at the last few games, the M’s had one hit by the eighth inning on Saturday, one run by the eighth inning on Sunday and one run in nine innings tonight.
Sensing a trend?
Yeah, the M’s scored some late runs in two prior games and overcame that 6-1 deficit in the ninth against the Red Sox on Thursday.
But the law of averages says that if you have one run by the eighth inning of most games, you will lose. The M’s lost this one, deservedly so.