April 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM
Mariners demolish Astros to earn Felix Hernandez his 100th win
This 100th victory for Felix Hernandez came much easier than many of the 99 before it. The Mariners scored more runs in this 7-1 win than they had their last five games put together and at least bought themselves another 24 hours to breathe.
The only down note tonight was the fourth-inning injury to Franklin Gutierrez, who has a tight right hamstring and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Looking more and more like a DL stint is coming for him.
On the offensive side tonight, it was a varied attack, which is something we have not seen much of.
The Mariners had a dozen hits and three home runs all of different bats — Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales.
We saw a three-hit night by Dustin Ackley and a nice double by Justin Smoak to go with an earlier RBI single.
It’s as if the Mariners drank some magic potion. Or, maybe they faced a 5-14 team.
No matter. The Mariners needed a break and got one tonight. We’ll see whether these nine innings of success have a carry-over effect. Not just here, but more importantly, into the next series.