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Dominant Felix Hernandez first to go six innings this spring

Mar 16, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

Felix Hernandez Reuters

OK, so he was facing a Brewers lineup comprised strictly of Triple-A players, but Felix Hernandez was like a hot knife through butter on Friday, allowing one hit in six innings of work.

He became the first pitcher to complete six innings this spring.

Hernandez struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. Overall, he’s allowed two runs in 13 innings and posted a 13/1 K/BB ratio this spring.

The Mariners have to be feeling very good about their pitching thus far. All told, Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan and Charlie Furbush have a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, which is terrific for Cactus League play. Only five of those guys will be in the rotation — my guess is that Beavan and Furbush get left out — but the depth should pay dividends later.

  1. aceshigh11 - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    King Felix is a stud extraordinaire. Shame he’s not playing for a contender…he deserves it.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    who really cares? he plays for the worst team in baseball and none of this will matter. why even report on seattle? they should take the team away from them and toronto as well

  3. denny65 - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    I don’t think Millwood will be on the plane to Japan to open the season against the A’s. He looked rough in his outing against the Royals on Wednesday; he worked his way out of several jams, yes, but still.

    He’d best check apartment listings in Tacoma.

  4. drakej541 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    @dirtyharry1971: actually he plays for the worst offense in baseball, while our pitching is consistently at the top of the league!! also, we mariner fans appreciate all the coverage we get because It’s not much!! so why don’t you just go jump on a bandwagon!!!

  5. kevinbnyc - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    But how was his velocity?!

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