Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Felix Hernandez helps Mariners snap streak
In the midst of a franchise-record 17-game losing streak, the Seattle Mariners turned to their ace, Felix Hernandez.
Turns out, "King Felix" and a little bit of offense were all the Mariners would need Wednesday.
One day after nearly being no-hit, the Mariners collected a season-high 17 hits against Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees, to win for the first time since July 5.
Hernandez allowed five hits and one earned run over seven innings to improve to 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts against the Yankees.
Hernandez had success with his fastball. Seventy-five of his 112 pitches (67.0 percent) were fastballs, his second-highest percentage of the season.
All five of his strikeouts were with his fastball, as Hernandez went to the pitch even more with two strikes.
Twenty of Hernandez's 27 two-strike pitches (74.1 percent) were fastballs, his second-highest percentage in the last three seasons.
When Hernandez went to his offspeed pitches, he got groundballs. The Yankees put 10 of Hernandez's offspeed pitches in play, eight of which were groundballs.
Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5, his second four-hit game of the season and 45th of his career, breaking a tie with Ivan Rodriguez for the most such games among active players.
Hughes allowed two runs in 6.0 IP (allowed 7 ER last start), but took the loss.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time the Yankees lost to a team on a losing streak of 17 games or more was September 8, 1926, when they lost 5-2 to the Red Sox, who were on a 17-game losing streak.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE DIAMOND:
• David Ortiz hit a grand slam to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 12-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Ortiz's ninth grand slam in a Red Sox uniform is tied for second-most in team history (Ted Williams, 19). The Red Sox recorded 10 hits for the 11th straight home game, the most since a 20-game streak in 1950.
Dustin Pedroia extended his hit streak to 24 games.
• Mike Pelfrey threw his second complete game of the season (had two in his first five MLB seasons), to lead the New York Mets to a 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Pelfrey allowed two runs on seven hits and did not walk a batter, to earn his sixth win of the season.
It's the sixth time the Mets have gotten a complete game performance without allowing a walk since the beginning of the 2008 season (third by Pelfrey).
Bronson Arroyo falls to 0-3 in his last five starts for the Reds, allowing one home run. Arroyo has allowed 30 home runs on the year to lead MLB.
• Zack Greinke throws 6.2 scoreless innings, the first start this season in which he did not allow a run, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-0. It's Greinke's first win since June 21. Milwaukee posts its ninth shutout of the season, its most in a single season since 2008 when it had 10.