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August 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Felix Hernandez out-does himself in 1-0 gem; Ryan on plunking: “I guess we’re even”

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Felix Hernandez’s outing today — a two-hit shutout for a 1-0 victory over the Yankees — was a thing of beauty. Manager Eric Wedge raved, and rightfully so.
“That was special stuff today. I told him, that’s probably the most impressive start I’ve ever seen as a manager. And I’ve seen a lot of good and great pitchers pitch over the years. This ballpark, that lineup, the swings and misses, the mis-hits, with so many good hitters over there, the efficiency in which he did it, in a 1-0 ballgame – it doesn’t get much better than that.
“He knows one pitch could be the ballgame. That’s the danger of a 1-0 ballgame. 1-0 always has a different feel than 9-8, of course. When you have Felix out there pitching the way he’s pitching, that was just special stuff to watch tonight. It doesn’t get any better than that. What you saw today, you’re not going to find any better.”

There are lots of stats that define how great this outing was. One is that a visiting pitcher hadn’t had a complete-game 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium — either of them — since Greg Swindell of Cleveland in 1988. Another is that Hernandez now has two shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009. That’s as many as all the Yankees pitchers combined. And this: It was Hernandez’s second two-hitter against the Yankees in New York; only two other pitchers since 1920 have two shutouts of two hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium.
Felix is 6-0 with a 1.60 earned-run average in his last 10 starts, raising his overall 10-5, 2.63 and thrusting himself into the Cy Young race.
“That was awesome,” Hernandez said. “From the beginning, it was a great game. Kuroda threw a great game. Jaso called an unbelievable game. I shook him off about four times the whole day.”
Was it his best ever?
“I don’t know. There’s been a lot of games, so I don’t know. Probably. It was a good game, but I don’t think it was one of the best.”
That was the only time he was indecisive all day.
On another matter, Brendan Ryan had some interesting comments about the pitch from Hiroki Kuroda that painfully hit him in the elbow in the seventh inning, knocking him out of the game. X-rays were negative, but Ryan is unlikely to play in Sunday’s series finale.
Was their correlation between Felix’s wild day in Seattle, in which he hit Derek Jeter, Ichiro and A-Rod (breaking the latter’s hand), and the pitch that got away from Kuroda? Wedge said he didn’t think so. Ryan wasn’t sure, but hopes that if it was, it’s now over.
“I’m not saying there was intent or anything. If you’re throwing soft stuff out over the plate, you’ve got to back guys off. Whether that one got away from him, I don’t know. It seemed like it just kind of chased me. I couldn’t really get out of the way.
“Hopefully, that kind of settled things because I know we were kind of owed at least one. Obviously, none of our guys were trying to, but there comes to a point where it doesn’t really matter. It’s major eague baseball and you’ve got to be able to control your stuff.”
“Purpose or not, it doesn’t really matter. I guess we’re even. Or maybe we have a couple more to go. Hopefully not. Hopefully this was good enough.”
Ryan said he was hit in the same spot where his elbow was fractured in high school.
“I was holding my breath til we got the X-rays,” he said. “They saw the old fracture, and I don’t know if it was calcium or what, but the bone was actually stronger, so maybe it ended up helping me getting it fractured earlier. But it’s not going to feel very good today or tomorrow.”

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