Every time King Felix Hernandez pitches at Safeco Field, something like a student section at a college basketball game assembles in left field in order to rally around their royal right-hander. (Note the clown in the jester suit — or is it the other way around?) The support was evident Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory for the Seattle Mariners against the Los Angeles Angels, a win that prevented Los Anaheim from gaining on Texas in the AL West.
King Felix notched his fifth complete game, striking out nine and surviving a long fly to the warning track hit by Mark Trumbo for the last out of the game. Phew. He also passed Jamie Moyer for second on the M's all-time strikeout list. Hey, at Moyer's age, Felix ought to be able to pass him a couple times, am I right?
The King got support from subject Mike Carp, whose two-out, two-run double in the eighth — after Dan Haren left — made the difference. The M's don't like to score many runs for their king; the AP reports Hernandez "has received one run of support or fewer in 23 of his 62 starts dating to the beginning of the 2010 season."
Off with their heads, GM Jack Zduriencik, he of the contract extension fair!
Perhaps Larry Bernandez can inspire more offense when he pitches Thursday night. Say, can anyone spot Larry in this non-Photoshopped picture?
- Los Angeles Angels
- Seattle Mariners
- Jamie Moyer