Felix struggled in the first, loading the bases via walks and finally getting out of the inning on an Alex Avila ground ball. He threw 28 pitches, only 10 of them for strikes. To lead off the third inning, Felix was taken deep by Brennan Boesch to make the score 6 - 1 and that would be the only run that Hernandez gave up. 7 innings, just 4 hits, 3 walks and only 2 strikeouts. Not a typical night for Felix, but still dominant.
The Mariners continued on offense, getting another run on a Dustin Ackley double in the fifth that scored Casper Wells and they got 2 in the 6th on a Montero single that scored Ichiro and a Michael Saunders bases loaded walk. They spread out 15 hits in the game, 9 runs, 3 doubles and a homer. They also managed 4 walks and only struck out 5 times. There were still a couple of areas where we made some bad outs, but all in all, it's the second night in a row that we have pulled out 15 hits and I'm hoping and praying that this offense will continue.
Every single Mariner in the lineup got on base. Every Mariner got a hit with the exception of Justin Smoak and Brendan Ryan who both got on base via a walk. Smaok scored a run, leaving just Brendan Ryan to be the lone Mariner not to score.
|Suzuki, I, RF||5||1||3||0||0||0||2||.316|
|Saunders, M, CF||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.250|
|Wells, C, LF||4||2||1||0||1||1||4||.278|
Ichiro, Ackley, Montero, Liddi and Saunders all had multiple hits and will hopefully be in the lineup for tomorrow's game as well. A terrific game, against a terrific team in which we have the opportunity of pulling off a terrific sweep tomorrow. Let's hope that this series versus Detroit is a turning point in the season and that as a team, we don't ever look back!