By: Joey Segur
Well Felix Hernandez has done it! He now owns the title of Most Strikeouts in Franchise History, passing Hall Of Famer Randy Johnson. King Felix has proven to be the best pitcher any Mariners GM, manager, player or fan has been able to watch play the wonderful game of baseball. The King took the record by striking out the 2nd batter of the night. It was 2-2 count and he got the batter to chase after an outside pitch. As soon as the strikeout occurred the crowd cheered, King Felix pointed to the dugout and after the rounds of throwing the ball in the infield he received his record breaking Baseball and threw it to the dugout so he could keep it in his trophy room. This will be a night not only will he remember for the rest of his life, but we will remember the moment the King took the throne as the best pitcher in Mariners history.
King Felix had a pretty decent start lasting 7 innings, giving up three runs, five hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. All three of the runs came off of two home runs, one from Cliff Pennington which was a solo shot, and the other from Mike Trout which was a two run no doubter. The Mariners ended up with a reoccurring issue when they failed to get a base hit with bases loaded in the second inning. They still scored, but it was off of a sac fly from Leonys Martin. In the home half of the third inning Cliff Pennington tied the game with a solo shot to right field. Nelson Cruz ended up using his boom stick and hit his 2nd Homer in the last two games to take the lead 2-1 in the top of the 6th. The always dangerous Mike Trout showed his dominance against the King by hitting a deep home run ball to center field to take the lead 3-2. In the 8th inning the Mariners bullpen ran into issues by giving up a RBI single to Kole Calhoun, which ended up being the last scoring play in tonight’s game.
The Mariners look to take the series tomorrow at 12:35pm after losing 4-2 in game two. If the Mariners win they will have won the first four road series, making it the third time in Franchise History that this has happened. Wade Miley will take the mound tomorrow against Matt Shoemaker. Go Mariners!!!!