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August 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

UPDATED: Felix Hernandez pitches great, but gets no run support

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The Mariners still haven’t won a series against any AL team other than Oakland in more than two months. Felix Hernandez gave it his best today — taking a one-hitter into the seventh — but the Mariners just could not find their bats and take a 2-1 loss.
Seattle put five guys who still qualify for rookie status into today’s lineup. They actually outperformed the vets, but still, there wasn’t much firepower all around.
“We’ve got a lot of young position players up here,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve got to keep throwing them out there, have them keep learning on the job and keep working to get better.
“You look at where we were Opening Day and some of the guys we were counting on and where we are now and they’re worlds apart,” Wedge added. “But we’ve got guys here that are working to get better and we will. We will get better.”


Mike Carp finally got Seattle on the scoreboard with a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning. Prior to that, Ervin Santana, fresh off a no-hitter two starts ago, had scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings.
Had Santana gotten two more outs, he’d have been the first pitcher since Ken Forsch in 1979 to follow a no-hitter with two complete games.
“He got some pitches up in the zone and I was able to put some good swings on them,” Carp said of his home run. “Unfortunately, he was down and making all his pitches to everybody else. It was just one of those days.”
Kyle Seager had two hits today and was on third base with one out in the third inning after an Ichiro single. Jack Wilson tried to make something happen by pushing a bunt to the right side on his own, but Santana fielded it and threw Seager out at home.
“Obviously, Santana had some decent stuff today,” Wilson said. “I was just trying to get it down towards the right side of the field, trying to get him (Seager) in and get Ichiro over to second. That’s the way the play is designed. It just didn’t work out that way.”
The one hit Hernandez allowed prior to the seventh was a 471-foot blast by Mark Trumbo. Three hits later in the seventh, he’d given up the eventual winner.
Hernandez said afterwards that he had some of his best stuff all season today. Unfortunately, the M’s didn’t have the A-game offensively.
They gave up only four runs all series, but still drop two of three. On to Texas and heat expected to climb well above 100 degrees all three days.

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