Topic: eric wedge; garrett richards; felix hernandez; chris nelson
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August 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Felix Hernandez made only one pitch that really cost him and it wasn’t even all that terrible. Hernandez threw a changeup to Chris Nelson that was mostly low and on the outer part of home plate in the second inning. But not low enough .
Nelson drilled the ball over the left field wall for a two-run homer and the 21,616 fans at Safeco Field could have left early at that point because no more scoring would take place. The Mariners lose it 2-0 to the Los Angeles Angels on a night Eric Wedge made his managerial return from a stroke.
“It was a little disappointing,” Hernandez said. “I was trying to win this one for him.”
And though he didn’t do it, it wasn’t from a lack of trying. The Angels managed just three hits off Hernandez in his six innings and at 104 pitches, he was ready to go seven. If that happens, everybody is talking about what a dominant performance it was, because he had 10 strikeouts and really limited the damage enough to win with any kind of offense.
But Wedge didn’t want to push Hernandez that far, this late in the season.
“We thought about it briefly,” Wedge said. “But where we are in the season, if I send him out there, I’m going to want him to go out there and finish his own inning. Now, you’re talking about throwing 120, 120-plus pitches in seven innings. It’s a different story in seven innings than it is in nine innings. It’s a different story when you’re down 2-0 versus being up 2-0, too.”
Wedge said being back in the dugout took him a while to get used to.
“Early on, it did,” he said. “But as the game wore on, I felt more and more comfortable. And then, by the end of the game, I felt like I was right there. I wasn’t sure how my energy was going to be, but my energy was right there. The focus was good. We just didn’t have a hell of a lot of action tonight.”(more…)