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August 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rays, Aug. 15: Perfect game for Felix Hernandez!

Hernandez strikes out Sean Rodriguez to end it, and chaos ensues. First perfecto in Mariners’ history, third in MLB this season, most ever. Mariners first team to ever had a perfect game thrown against them, and by them, in same season. In ninth, Felix struck out pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings, got pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger to strike out, then fell behind Rodriguez 2-0 before dropping in three straight called strikes.
RAYS EIGHTH: If anything, he’s getting stronger, striking out the side, all on breaking pitches or changeups. Rays, of course, will have 7, 8 and 9 in the ninth. 10 strikeouts for Hernandez. 24 up, 24 down. Three more outs, and Hernandez reaches baseball immortality. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS SEVENTH: OK, folks, fasten your seatbelts: 21 up, 21 down. Joe Maddon was ejected arguing a strike call to Matt Joyce. There was a long delay, but Felix was undeterred getting Joyce to ground out on a 3-2 pitch — just his second 3-ball count.
RAYS SIXTH: No question Felix has the stuff today for immortality. He strikes out the side, 18 up, 18 down.
RAYS FIFTH: This is getting interesting. 15 up, 15 down, and 54 pitches. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS FOURTH: Hernandez rolls on with another perfect inning. That’s 12 up, 12 down,and just 40 pitches through four. He’s fanned four. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s get a run, thanks to astute baserunning by Brendan Ryan and a clutch hit by Montero. Ryan, on first with two outs after a leadoff single, noticed that Hellickson wasn’t even checking him, and took off for second before he even began his stretch. When the pitch was in the dirt and got away from the catcher for a wild pitch, Ryan just kept running and got to third. Montero promptly singled him home. One run was all Felix needed in New York. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS THIRD: Felix is making it look ridiculously easy. Nine up, nine down, 24 pitches through three. He’s fanned two. 0-0
MARINERS SECOND: They got a little something going with two outs when shortstop Elliott Johnson, shifted over to the right side, booted Smoak’s grounder for an error, and Trayvon Robinson singled him to second. But last night’s hero, Eric Thames, flied out. 0-0.
RAYS SECOND: Another 1-2-3 inning for Hernandez, who has thrown just 17 pitches. He struck out Longoria, who had been hitting .375 against him (in a small sample size: 6-for-16). This was the eight time Longoria has struck out against Hernandez. 0-0
MARINERS FIRST: Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson has pretty much owned the Mariners in his career. He’s 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in four previous starts, holding the Mariners to a .189 average and just one HR in 29 1/3 innings. The M’s got off to a promising start with an opposite field single by Dustin Ackley, but he was doubled off on a Saunders liner, and Montero lined out as well. 0-0.
RAYS FIRST: Can’t do much better than a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning.
The Mariners try to win their second straight series against a contender, and Felix Hernandez tries to get back on track after a sub-par, for him, outing against the Angels last time out. Hernandez, who had gone 6-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his previous nine starts, couldn’t hold a 5-0 lead.

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