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Felix Hernandez outduels Hiroki Kuroda in two-hit shutout against Yankees

Aug 4, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Felix Hernandez AP AP

After CC Sabathia pitched a complete game against the Mariners last night, Felix Hernandez thoroughly dominated the Yankees this afternoon.

King Felix allowed just two hits in a complete game 1-0 victory over the Bombers. He struck out six and walked a pair while throwing just 101 pitches. The Yankees didn’t get a runner in scoring position after the first inning.

Hernandez has been one of the game’s best pitchers for a while now and won the American League Cy Young Award back in 2010, but he has collected three of his seven career shutouts over his past eight starts. He’s now tied with Toronto’s Brandon Morrow for the American League in shutouts. This was the 21st complete game of his career.

While Hiroki Kuroda was outdueled by Hernandez, he was plenty good, allowing just one run on seven hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings en route to his first loss since June 19. The only run scored on an RBI single by Mike Carp in the top of the second inning. Kuroda’s transition to the American League got off to a bit of a rough start, but the veteran right-hander has proved to be an excellent addition for the Yanks, posting a 3.19 ERA and 111/36 K/BB ratio over 143 2/3 innings.

Hernandez is now 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA in five career starts at the new Yankee Stadium. He has a brilliant 1.41 ERA over his last 10 starts and a 2.63 ERA over 23 starts overall this season. The Mariners are a surprising 15-6 since the All-Star break.

  1. natslady - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Coolest play I’ve seen in a long, long time. Adam LaRoche double play by letting a pop up bunt drop. 3-6-5, in the first game of the doubleheader. (Infield fly rule does not apply on bunts.)

    • marinersnate - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Are you lost? I don’t think Adam LaRoche played in this game.

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Felix pitched a masterful game and deserves all the credit for holding the Yankees to 2 hits and no runs. Kurodo pitched well also just giving up 1 run but that was all the Mariners needed on this day.

  3. seeinred87 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Just missed the Maddux!

  4. thatyankeedude - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    That’s absolutely unacceptable to lose that game 1 to nothing with the way Kuroda pitched GET THE MAN SOME RUNS!!!

  5. jshawaii22 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    If king felix pitched foa almost any other team he would be on his way to cy young #2.

    • marinersnate - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      He may well be on his way to Cy Young number two even playing for the M’s. In 2010 Felix won his first Cy Young while pitching for a 101 loss Mariners’ team.

  6. mianfr - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I just remembered Brandon Morrow exists, thanks to you. What a rough season for the Jays.

  7. southofheaven81 - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    This is Kuroda’s second “loss” where he’s been phenomenal but the offense was shut out (the other was the Yu Darvish game)

  8. deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Felix is a great pitcher, but the Yankees play into his hands by swinging for the fences. He murders them with the change up. If this dude played in a bigger baseball market, he’d be the biggest pitching name in the game.

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