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Felix Hernandez ejected for the first time in his career

May 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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This has been a month of rarities for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Last week he recorded zero strikeouts in a game for the first time in 181 starts and last night he was ejected from a game for the first time in his entire 10-year career.

Hernandez was actually already removed from the game by Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon when he got ejected. As he was leaving the mound following a mediocre outing–he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings, but got tons of run support for an easy win–Hernandez yelled at home plate umpire Mark Ripperger over what he felt were bad ball/strike calls earlier in the final at-bat that ended with a three-run double.

When questioned afterward about what he said to the umpire, King Felix joked: “I was asking about the Miami Heat score. He didn’t even know.”

Also of note is that after managing zero strikeouts in his previous start Hernandez struck out seven batters last night, although he’s now allowed 11 runs on 24 hits in 18 innings so far this month. Most of those issues look batting average on ball in play-related though, because Hernandez hasn’t coughed up a homer in May yet.

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  1. Francisco (FC) - May 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Coughing up a homer? That sounds painful, imagine wheezing and hacking until a baseball came out of your mouth.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      traveling over 400 feet no less. That is some serious diaphragmatic pressure right there.

  2. renaado - May 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    “I was asking about the Miami Heat score. He didn’t even know.”

    Felix Felix Felix… Out of all jokes, why does it have to be that?

    • dowhatifeellike - May 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Pretty good if it was off the cuff. But he had, what, an hour to come up with something better?

    • Old Gator - May 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      102-96. Lebron with 49 points. Heat up three games to one. They have dedicated this series to the Toronto Raptors.


      • renaado - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Haha! I’m probably the only guy here who’s not watchin the NBA playoffs right now here in the Philippines, I’m just all in for the Braves all the day.

  3. gothapotamus90210 - May 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    It’s amazing that he’s been in The Show for 10 years already.

  4. alankelly2013 - May 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    “As he was leaving the mound following a mediocre outing–he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings”

    If you actually watched the game,you’d know that he pitched very well last night and had a shut out going thru 6 innings. He had a chance to make it 7 if he would have gotten a decent call from that so called umpire. But that missed strike out call was followed by a bases clearing double. Then the bull pen allowed that runner to score too. That ump hadn’t been good for the entire game but the clearly frustrated Felix had been able to work his way through it up to that point.

    • Old Gator - May 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      All umps are so called.

    • paperlions - May 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Which call are you talking about? The two guys before the double did K, and NONE of the pitches called balls to Hannigan were strikes, the closest one to the strike zone was 3″ low.

  5. gnrfan8804 - May 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    It was NOT a mediocre outing. He was dominant. 3 singles in the 7th helped do him in, but STILL almost got out of it. All three singles were with no out, then he got 2 outs and 2 strikes before giving up a 3-run hit. Ump screwed him on a call to that batter.

    • paperlions - May 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Out of curiosity, which of the pitches that missed the strike zone should have been called a strike?

  6. cubsfan101 - May 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Mediocre? Should probably have watched the game before you made that claim. The strikeout numbers weren’t huge, but it was a very good outing for Felix. Too bad the ump messed it up

  7. thisdamnbox - May 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Indeed, a strong outing until the 7th. But it is May, and for whatever reason Felix’ ERA in May is over 4.00. The rest of the season his ERA is in the 2.00+ range with a slight uptick in August…Dead arm month? Or just a regular bout of depression after his team falls out of contention by Apr 30? Hopefully this year the Ms can maintain their current level of play and save Jack Z’s job. The Seahawks showed them what happens if you win; Win and the fans will show up!

    • seattlej - May 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      I don’t think they needed the Seasquawks to show them that… It wasn’t that long ago that they led MLB in attendance. And why in the hell would anyone want to see Jack Z save his job at this point. Most M’s fans I know wish there was some way for him to get canned without the team cratering again. And if Felix was prone to depression and poor performance from playing on a crappy team, wouldn’t that have shown up in the stat line for just about every season of his career…

  8. churdus - May 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    The main reason Felix for Felix’s struggles of late was his flu bug. Probably shouldn’t have pitched one of those games and he lost like 10 pounds? His stuff looked pretty nasty last night if you ask me.

  9. denny65 - May 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Felix was on last night, not quite dominant but mighty impressive. And yes, the ump was making some head-scratching calls.

    Lots of ’em, in fact.

  10. bornahawker - May 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Great player being wasted with brass that cannot find outfielders that can hit or infielders that can field. Bums, saving my money for hawks and sounders. Also glad nba is gone. Waste of money there.

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