First, one piece of news as the Mariners announced after the game that outfielder Stefen Romero was being sent back to Tacoma. The team did not announce that Taijuan Walker is being called up to take his spot on the roster, but that is what will happen next as Walker will start on Monday at Houston.
Romero, who started in right field today, was batting .196 with three homers and 11 RBI in 148 at-bats.
As for the game, it was pretty much all about Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, as detailed here in our game story.
It was the 18th time in franchise history Seattle has held a team to one hit or less (which includes no-hitters).
A few other notes from the team detail how dominating Hernandez has been of late:
— Felix Hernandez has recorded 9 consecutive starts where he has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed 2 or fewer runs…this is the longest streak in club history, bettering a 7-game streak by Randy Johnson in 1994…during this stretch Felix is 6-1 with a 1.30 ERA (10 ER, 69.0 IP) with 77 strikeouts and only 10 walks (10.04 K/9.0 IP, 7.70 K/BB ratio)…Felix has 12 such starts this season (7.0 or more IP, 2 or less R allowed), tying Adam Wainwright (12) for the Major League lead.
— He recorded 9 strikeouts today, giving him 1,840 career strikeouts, passing with Indians Hall of Famer Bob Feller (1,836) for the 6th-most strikeouts in a career before a players 29th birthday (Felix is currently 28.082 years of age).
— He is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA (6 ER, 44.2 IP) in 6 career starts vs. the Indians at Safeco Field, including only allowing 1 run in his last 31.2 innings vs. CLE at home (9/5/10-current)…he has limited the Indians to a .182 average (29×159), while walking 8 and striking out 45.
— He recorded his 10th win of the season…marks the 3rd time in his career to win 10 games before the All-Star Break (also: 2009 & 2013).
— And it marks the 4th time in his career to allow 1 hit or less, while also tossing at least 8.0 innings in a start (last: 8/15/12 vs. TB).
And in the bigger picture, it was another nice win for a team that continues to show signs of staying power. Seattle is again a season-high six games over .500, and won its third straight series, having won 10 of 14 overall after a five-game losing streak that threatened to throw the season off the rails.
The parity-riddled AL makes every series one that is either full of opportunity or peril. But certainly there’s no reason the Mariners can’t just keep on going now that they head back on the road for games at Houston and against the White Sox in Chicago.
Cano pointed out later that Seattle has struggled more at home this year than on the road, making this 4-2 homestand feel particularly good.
“You have to win at home and that was the thing that we weren’t doing at the beginning of the season,” he said. “We were playing better away than at home. But those are things that happen in the game … now we won both series, we played good. Now we don’t have to focus on what we did wrong, just got to get on the plane and have fun with the guys and just get ready to play tomorrow.”
Here is some video of Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon after the game:
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