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August 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, Aug. 4: Mariners win, 1-0

This one ranks with the finest games of Hernandez’s career, a two-hit shutout on 101 pitches. He struck out Cano to end it, then delivered an animated fist-pump. It’s his fourth career two-hitter (he lost one of them), to go with a one-hitter against Boston in 2007.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Mariners squander a two-out single by Thames, and will look to Felix to get final three outs. 1-0 Mariners.
YANKEES EIGHTH: Ongoing brilliance from Hernandez, who has a two-hitter for eight. I’d send him out for the ninth, no question. M’s could help a lot with an insurance run. 1-0 Mariners.
YANKEES SEVENTH: So far, this has been a Hernandez masterpiece. He walked Ibanez with two outs but struck out Swisher on his 78th pitch. A two-hit shutout, with four strikeouts. 1-0 Mariners
MARINERS SEVENTH: Another rally squandered after a one-out double by Thames. Brendan Ryan was hit on his left elbow and had to leave the game. Of course, the first thought is Hernandez’s last outing, in which he hit three Yankees and broke A-Rod’s hand. Not sure if Kuroda would risk a baserunner in a 1-0 game, but you never know. Boone Logan came in and got Ackley on a popup and struck out Saunders.
YANKEES SIXTH: After Mariners squander first-and-third, one-out opportunity in top of inning (Seager popup, Wells fielder’s choice), Hernandez issues two-out walk to Granderson to snap streak of retired batters at 11. But Jeter grounded into force, and it’s still 1-0 Mariners. Hernandez has a two-hitter going.
YANKEES FIFTH: Hernandez gets them 1-2-3 and has retired nine straight. A two-hit shutout through five, and a 1-0 Seattle lead.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners sure could use an insurance run, and they had a promising start on a one-out double by Carp. But he’s stranded there as the M’s leave two on base (a two-out Ryan walk). 1-0 Mariners.
YANKEES FOURTH: More of the same for Hernandez as he gets the tough stretch of Jeter, Cano and Teixeira in order, fanning Jeter. 37 pitches through four. 1-0 Mariners
MARINERS FOURTH: Tough break for the Mariners as Jaso, after a Montero single, hits a bullet, but right at Teixeira, who doubles off Montero. A few feet either way, and it’s another double for Jaso, and the Mariners are in business. 1-0 Mariners
YANKEES THIRD: Felix is economical and in control. Ichiro got a leadoff single (a grounder off Mike Carp’s glove, extending his hit streak to 11) but was immediately erased on a double play. 27 pitches in three innings. 1-0 Mariners
YANKEES SECOND: Hernandez coasts through an eight-pitch second, retiring the Yankees in order abndstriking out Ibanez.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s score on a clutch two-out single by Mike Carp, a liner to the opposite field on a 3-2 pitch. That scored John Jaso, who led off with a double and moved to third on Seager ground out. But Wells couldn’t get him home, popping to Jeter. 1-0 Mariners.
YANKEES FIRST: After Kuroda breezed through a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 top of the first, Felix needed only nine to set down the Yankees. And that’s with a two-out double by Cano. Teixeira popped out. 0-0
Felix always seems to pitch well against the Yankees. In fact, his 1.47 ERA (to go with a 3-1 record) in four starts is the lowest at new Yankee Stadium (minimum 20 innings). He started his Yankee Stadium career with 21 consecutivfe scoreless innings. In all, he’s making his seventh start in New York against the Yankees. He has a 4-2 record with a 2.49 ERA. Overall vs. the Yankees, Hernandez is 7-5, 3.38 in 13 starts.
The two Yankees players who has his number so far are Robinson Cano (.378, 14-for-37, two homers) and Mark Teixeira (.328, five homers). Nick Swisher has four homers in 45 at-bats but is hitting .222.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda limited the Mariners to three hits and one run in seven innings in a 4-1 Yankees victory on July 23 at Safeco Field.

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