Another gem for the King
The Headline: timely offense and a Felix Hernandez gem were all the Mariner’s needed for this win.
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 1
When: 10:10 ET, Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Chris Conroy, 1B — Mark Carlson, 2B — Wally Bell, 3B — Ed Hickox
How’s the best way to follow up a perfect game? There almost isn’t one, unless you’re going to throw another perfecto.
Felix Hernandez did as best as you can coming off of the history books. On 105 pitches he went 7.2 innings, allowing one run. He struck out five.
It was another gem for the Seattle ace, garnering him win No. 12. This start puts him back in the Cy Young race, as he’s first in the AL in innings pitched and third in ERA, strikeouts and WHIP.
The first thing that sticks out about this game is the 39,000-plus in attendance. It was the third highest number for a Mariner
home game this season.
The second thing was the “yellow out” as they’re calling it. The majority of fans in the stadium tonight wore yellow shirts tonight with “King of Perfection” written across them.
It took a perfect game to get them there, but the Seattle faithful are starting to show their faces again.
3. Montero’s Bomb
A Hernandez win looked almost out of reach in the seventh, when the Indians tied things up at 1-1. The Mariners managed to put a go-ahead run on the board, but 2-1 isn’t much better.
Up steps Jesus Montero with two men on base. Just like that, the ball was sailing out of the park on Montero’s 13th homer of the season.
The M’s catcher is enjoying a strong second half, batting .299/.352/.436 since the All-Star break.
1. Right off the bat
Now, I don’t think anyone went into this game expecting King Felix to spin another perfecto. Still, it would have been nice to see him go a little bit into the game without a hit. At the least, the first inning.
Instead, on an 0-2 count Jason Kipnis managed a leadoff single to rightfield. It was the first of seven hits for Hernandez in his start.
2. Offensive slumps
Seattle did enough to win tonight, but in usual fashion many were quiet on offense. While the middle of the order bats were putting up runs, Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak were going hitless.
August has been a tough month for these three. Smoak was given a demotion to AAA. Saunders has slumped his way from .260 to .246. Ackley has been semi-hot, trying to raise his batting average, but still hovers around .230 on the season.
Here’s hoping September is a better month for these three.
It was an okay night for Seattle defenders, but there were two errors on the night.
The first came off Felix Hernandez, whose errant throw on a pickoff attempt allowed Michael Brantley to advance from second to third—he would later be caught stealing.
The second was a Brendan Ryan fielding error in the eighth. If not for this one, Felix might have been able to go a solid eight innings, instead of just 7.2.
Seattle, which has won nine of 10 overall, is 7-1 on its nine-game homestand and has won 14 of 15 at Safeco Field.
The first 30,000 fans were given T-shirts commemorating Felix Hernandez’s perfect game. … Indians RHP Josh Tomlin will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is expected to need 12-18 months to recover.
Tomlin went 5-8 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 games this year, including 16 starts.
Cleveland announced OF Grady Sizemore, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list prior to the start of the season after undergoing lower back surgery in March, will not play this year.