Some have called Felix Hernandez “done” for a few years. Every so often, he produces a vintage performance. Well, Wednesday he was vintage Felix.
Unfortunately, like vintage Felix, he didn’t get any run support. The M’s managed just four base runners, three were in the first inning and the last was part of the game ending double play in the ninth.
Hernandez did have a historic day passing Don Drysdale on the All-Time Strikeout list in MLB history. He now has 2488 punch-outs in his career, which is good enough for 36th on the list.
Felix Hernandez started out with a strong inning and a half, but in the bottom of the second Ian Kinsler got hold of a sinker and blasted it out. 1-0 Padres.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hernandez was on the brink of the strikeout history. He tied Drysdale’s 2486 with a K on Eric Hosmer. 1-0 Padres.
Felix wasn’t wasting time, and took 36th from Drysdale with a strikeout of the next batter, Hunter Renfroe. 1-0 Padres.
But, like I said, he didn’t get any run support. The final base runner was Dylan Moore, who was pinch running for Daniel Vogelbach who hit a single to keep the M’s hopes alive. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed when Domingo Santana grounded out into the game ending double play. 1-0 Padres win.
Tough two game series for the M’s. They drop both to San Diego, and now Seattle returns home for a six-game home stand (4 with Texas and 2 with the Cubs).
Winning Pitcher, (1-1) Chris Paddack: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB
Losing Pitcher, (1-2) Felix Hernandez: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB
Save, (12) Kirby Yates: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB
Seattle returns home Thursday night to start a four-game series with Texas. Pregame at 6 p.m., first pitch at 7:10 p.m. on 102.9/750 The Game.