Hernandez has been impressive through his first seven major league starts, yielding three runs or fewer in each outing while going at least seven innings in all but one appearance—his first.
The 19-year-old right-hander gave up just four hits over seven innings in a 2-0 win at Oakland on Monday. Hernandez struck out five, walked one and retired the side in order five times.
“My age doesn’t matter,” Hernandez said. “I’m a good pitcher. … Once I’m on my game, I can’t fail.”
Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo compared Hernandez’s success to former New York Mets great Dwight Gooden’s initial splash in the majors.
“I had him at A-ball at Lynchburg in the Carolina League at 19 and he struck out 300 guys,” Perlozzo said of Gooden. “I’ve been told this kid is a lot better than Dwight was at that age.”
Seattle’s Richie Sexson belted his 34th homer and reached base in all four plate appearances in Seattle’s 5-3 loss Saturday. Sexson has 104 RBIs, reaching the 100-RBI plateau for the fifth time in his career.
“He’s hitting the ball harder, more consistently than when he first came up,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “He’s much more intelligent now.”
Baltimore evened its record at 1-1 on a six-game road trip with Saturday’s win. The top three hitters in the lineup—Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada—all had three hits as part of a 13-hit attack.
Tejada extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The All-Star shortstop is batting .370 (17-for-46) in that span with seven runs scored.