You can’t really pin this one on Felix Hernandez, who lasted five innings in a 7-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals today. The Mariners failed to make plays behind him, leading to three unearned runs by the Royals among the five allowed by Hernandez.
But more importantly, the M’s failed to make plays on offense when it mattered.
Seattle stranded 11 runners on base today and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The team record for runners stranded is 18, set in June 2008 at San Diego. For runners left on in a shutout, it’s 16, set back in May 1998 versus Toronto.
So, no records today. Just a fourth straight defeat overall and a third in a row here. This one was entirely winnable, with the M’s facing a middle reliever in Sean O’Sullivan who had an 11.25 ERA coming in and wasn’t all that sharp here.
But you can’t win if you don’t score.
The M’s are now 4-11. They are 2-11 since winning their second in Oakland two weeks ago today. And they’d be 1-12 since then if not for that miracle comeback against Toronto five days ago.