Mariners Mondays – Felix & Nellie Are Hot
On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz show baseball how it’s done.
Felix felt he had the stuff for another perfect game when he took the mound on April 24 against the Minnesota Twins. He needed just 38 pitches as he cruised through the first 12 batters, striking out six of them. He ended up yielding five hits, but he absolutely dominated the Twins for a complete-game shutout (2-0) victory. Felix got all the offense he would need off the bat of Nelson Cruz, whose Major League leading ninth home run sailed 442 feet into the second deck of the left field bleachers.
Two starts later, May 4, Felix was once again in control at Anaheim, and Nelson Cruz showed why he was named American League Player of the Month for April. Felix gave up just one run and six hits in seven innings against the Anaheim Angels, as he notched a 3-2 win, his fifth straight win to start the season. Cruz hit his league-leading 14th home run to snap a scoreless tie in the 7th inning. Fernando Rodney escaped a shaky 9th (surrendered a solo home run) for his 8th save in nine tries.
Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.