Felix Hernandez had his best game of the season tonight, matching his career high with 13 strikeouts. Coming against the Boston Red Sox, it was clearly one of the best games of his career.
“Tonight was as good as I’ve ever seen him,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
But the victory wasn’t assured until Casper Wells doubled with one out in the ninth and later scored on a single to right by pinch-hitter John Jaso. The single to right by Jaso was fielded by Cody Ross, who threw home in time to get Wells.
But catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia could not hold on to the ball as he tagged Wells in the face. The umpire initially ruled Wells out, then called him safe when he saw the ball lying on the ground.
The Mariners erupted in celebration. This was a huge win, given how well Hernandez pitched, not to mention the 15-inning scoreless streak by the M’s before the run.
Back with more shortly. Just an injury update as well: Franklin Gutierrez has a mild concussion. Look for him to go on MLB’s new 7-day DL implemented this year specifically for concussion cases. Not official yet, but likely.
June 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM