When you look at what happened tonight, it really wasn’t all that different from last night. The Mariners stranded 11 more baserunners after leaving 13 on the night before.
The biggest difference was Felix Hernandez holding the Los Angeles Angels to just two runs — one earned — through eight innings, unlike Aaron Harang getting torched for five runs just three frames in last night. Hernandez’s work allowed his team to finally generate some runs to go with all of their baserunners.
Hernandez made a huge difference on one fielding play in the fourth inning, fielding a Brendan Harris squeeze bunt and flipping to Jesus Montero. The catcher locked the plate and tagged out Mark Trumbo as he came bearing down on him.
“I think that was a big difference right there,” Hernandez said. “And we won the game.”
Montero was just glad he got out of it in one piece.
“That was a nice play by him, he threw the ball with the glove,” he said of Hernandez. “I was trying to block home plate. This guy (Trumbo) is huge. I was like ‘Please don’t hit me!’ ”More
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