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September 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Felix Hernandez gets crushed, 6-1 by the Oakland Athletics

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This hasn’t happened very often this season, but Felix Hernandez got flat out beat up tonight, taking a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Hernandez was up to 96 pitches when finally pulled two out into the fifth inning. The only other defeat he’s taken that was worse than this one in 2012 saw him hammered for eight runs — six earned — over just 3 2/3 innings of that one.
Tonight, he gets tagged with five earned runs and a sixth unearned marker, sending his ERA from 2.51 up to 2.67. Will that cost him the Cy Young Award? That’s doubtful. He’s still in pretty much a dead-heat stats-wise with Justin Verlander of the Tigers and has a slightly better ERA.
So, if Hernandez shakes this off and keeps pitching the way he had been up until September, he should be fine. Every one of the Cy Young candidates has had a stumble or two. If this was the extent of Hernandez’s, it should not knock him from the top perch.
A.J. Griffin got the win and improved to 5-0, the first Oakland rookie in 24 years to do that.
It was good to see Hector Noesi come back out for a 1-2-3 ninth to finish things off, ending it with a strikeout. But not much else to say about this game, with the Mariners getting outhit 13-7.
That’s also 17 games in a row in which the Mariners have done all of their scoring in just one or two innings. They are 1-6 against teams above .500 in those games, 8-2 against everybody else.
Carlos Triunfel made his MLB debut in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth and went down swigning on three pitches.
Luis Jimenez notched his first career hit on a single up the middle in the fourth.

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