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.
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