Felix Hernandez hasn’t lost in nearly three months, but he’s on the hook for defeat big-time here after the Angels scored four times in the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
The big play of the inning was a hard grounder by Albert Pujols that shot on by third baseman Kyle Seager for a two-base error that tied the game and left runners on second and third. Hernandez got a groundout after that for the first out of the inning, but then Mark Trumbo lined a two-run single to left to end Hernandez’s day.
Stephen Pryor took over from there, uncorked a wild-pitch that sent Trumbo to second, then allowed a run-scoring double to left center by Howie Kendrick.
Of the four runs in the inning, three of them were earned and all charged to Hernandez.
That leaves him saddled with four earned runs today, the most since the Angels tagged him for that many three weeks ago. Prior to that, the Orioles had four off him on July 3.
Ther Mariners have a long way to climb to avoid Hernandez defeat and only six outs left to do it with. They have six outs to go.
2:50 p.m.: We’re now idway through the sixth, with the Mariners continuing to cling to a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Angels. Felix Hernandez got into a fifth inning jam when the Angels had two on with one out. But he got Albert Pujols to ground into a double play and escape intact.
The Mariners have just three hits all day off Ervin Santana, but one was a home run and the other an RBI double.
1:54 p.m.: Franklin Gutierrez put the Mariners up 2-1 in the third inning with a double to the left field corner that scored Dustin Ackley from first base. Ackley had drawn a two-out walk against Ervin Santana and then kept on running as left fielder Mark Trumbo took his time getting to the Gutierrez ball.
The Mariners had trailed 1-0 heading into the third, but then Trayvon Robinson tied it up with a solo homer off Santana.
Robinson worked the count full, then put the next pitch over the wall in right center for his second long ball of the season.
Santana has now allowed 32 home runs this season, tying him with Tommy Hunter for the most in the majors.
1:13 p.m.: Felix Hernandez struck out Mike Trout to open the game, but then gave up a single to Torii Hunter and a double deep to the gap in right-center by Albert Pujols to make it 1-0 for the Angels after a half-inning of play.
12:59 p.m.: The last time Felix Hernandez’s team lost a game he started was three weeks ago in Anaheim when he blew a 5-0 lead to the Angels. He’s 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA against them this season in two starts and 6-10 with a 3.85 ERA lifetime.
In his last five outings against the Angels, he’s 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.
So, we’ll see which Felix shows up today. Remember, since June 12, Hernandez is 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA. Tough to get much better than that.
Today’s game is being televised on “Big Fox”. That’s the national arm of Fox Sports for thsoe of you not up on industry lingo.