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Felix Hernandez strikes out career-high 15 batters vs. Rays, handed no-decision

Jun 8, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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Felix Hernandez was handed a no-decision against the Rays this afternoon, but it was hardly his fault. He was nothing short of fantastic, striking out a career-high 15 batters over seven scoreless innings. He reached 1,800 strikeouts for his career during his dominant outing. The Mariners eventually won the game 5-0.

Hernandez is the second pitcher in MLB to reach 15 strikeouts this season, joining Jon Lester of the Red Sox. King Felix’s previous career-high in strikeouts was 13, which he did on three occasions.

After today’s brilliant effort, Hernandez owns a 2.39 ERA across 14 starts and leads the majors with 106 strikeouts. The Mariners have won two in a row and now sit at a surprising 33-29 on the year.

  1. mikhelb - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Great game

  2. pisano - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Good for him, but he and Cano will rot in Seattle, there’s a couple team in Ca. that will always be better, so keep the faith.

    • Reflex - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      If the season were to end today, the M’s would make the playoffs. Granted we are only a third of the way into the year, but you have an interesting definition of ‘rot’.

      • nbjays - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        And the Yankees wouldn’t.

  3. hittfamily - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I’m so sick of Grant Balfour. He’s terrible. He’s worse than Heath Bell or Josh Luke, and they both got DFA’d. I hated the signing at the time, and I hate it even more now.

    • moogro - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      No one is worse than Josh Lueke.

      • deman951 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        You are correct Moogro. I am so glad they got rid of the rapist!

  4. gnrfan8804 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Not to forget that 8-game losing streak they had either. All things considered, there playing some damn good ball!

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    At some point, wins matter. That’s no anti-stats thing, but some knuckledragger will look at his absurdly low wins total after his career is over and make a case against him because of it. Damn shame.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Just one knuckle dragger?

      Look at you being all optimistic.

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        point for you. point taken, me.

  6. Jason Lukehart - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Felix becomes only the second pitcher ever to record 15+ strikeouts (in a game that didn’t go to extra innings), give up 0 runs, and not get the win. (Jake Peavy is the other one)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      If you take away your “give up 0 runs” criteria, Steve Carlton also had an amazing outing in 1969, striking out 19 Mets in a 9 inning game, and losing 4-3.

  7. balfe13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    As a lifelong Mariners fan, this season is certainly a success so far, by our admittedly low standards. But I can’t help but imagine how much better we’d be if only our incompetent GM had decided to actually sign Nelson Cruz…

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      I think Cano’s monster contract kind of prevented signing other players like Nelson Cruz…

      I mean, you could have half the Marlins for Cano’s salary…

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        And the G.M. DOES have spending limits from the owners, even if we don’t know what they are…

        G.M.s don’t get to run around spending and signing whomever they want…

        They HAVE parameters to work within.

        My point is that it might NOT have been the G.M.’s fault for not signing Cruz…

        Could be the owners you need to be bitchin’ about and not your “incompetent” G.M.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Do you really think he’s incompetent?

      I think the Cano signing was part of a larger strategy to grow the brand, grow revenues, and keep signing FA’s over time to augment the team. Patience. He’s still an elite hitter for a 2B.

      James Jones is working out well so far, they have 2 aces and a decent back end of the rotation … there’s a lot to like here.

      Cruz didn’t fit in with the Mariners’ personnel, neither did Morales.

  8. miguelcairo - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    And it was done BY THE KING!

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