Last night Felix Hernandez recorded his 100th career victory in the Mariners 7-1 win over the Houston Astros . It seems like yesterday he made his Major League debut as a 19-year-old on an August day in Detroit vs. the Tigers in 2005. 100 wins later, Felix becomes just the third pitcher in franchise history to record 100 wins as a Mariners player, joining Jamie Moyer (145) and Randy Johnson (130).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Felix became the 6th-youngest pitcher to record his 100th victory among players who began their career since divisional play began in 1969. Only five reached 100 wins at a younger age than Hernandez (27 years, 14 days old): Dwight Gooden (24 years, 215 days), Bert Blyleven (25 years, 76 days), Fernando Valenzuela (26 years, 162 days), Don Gullett (26 years, 199 days) and Vida Blue (26 years, 361 days).
Here are some images from last night’s 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros in the 2013 Home Opener.
With last night’s 2-0 shutout victory over the A’s, the Mariners improved to 22-15 all-time in season openers, including a current 7-game Opening Day winning streak. Felix Hernandez tossed 7.2 scoreless innings to improve to 4-0 in his six Opening Day starts, and Franklin Gutierrez plated both runs with a 2-run single in the fifth inning. Here are some photos of last night’s victory and the Open House at Safeco Field that drew drew 15,376 fans.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Associated Press.
The Mariners were part of Major League history tonight, as the starting lineup consisted of three Japanese-born players. Ichiro (RF), Munenori Kawasaki (2B) and Hisashi Iwakuma (P) became the first trio of Japanese players to start for the same team in a Major League game.