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It seems like yesterday, but 7 years ago today on August 4, 2005 at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Felix Hernandez made his Major League debut. At 19 years, 118 days old, Felix became the 3rd-youngest player in club history to make his debut. Felix recorded the loss allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 ER) and striking out 4 in 5.0 innings in the Mariners 3-1 loss vs. the Tigers.
Today against the Yankees, Felix will make his 228th career start. Happy Felix Day.
They both wore #34 in a Mariners uniform, they are the two winningest right-handed pitchers in club history, and one grew up idolizing the other. And tonight Felix Hernandez and Freddy Garcia face off at Safeco Field.
Felix Hernandez showed why once again last night he has earned the name King Felix tossing a 3-hit shutout vs. the Texas Rangers.
Here are some of the many facts to come out of his dominating performance last night:
- His shutout meeting the criteria of 12+ strikeouts, zero walks and 3 or fewer hits allowed was only the 36th in Major League history dating back to 1900 (first Mariner)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that makes it more than 6-times as rare as a no-hitter (220 individual no-hitters since 1900)…Felix became just the 5th pitcher over the last 10 seasons to throw a shutout of this nature, joining Matt Cain (6/13/12), Chris Capuano (8/26/11), Erik Bedard (7/7/07) and Randy Johnson (5/18/04).
- Became just the 10th pitcher (11x) in club history to throw a shutout vs. the Rangers, and first since Joel Pineiro in 2003
- Tossed his 20th career complete game, and 6th shutout.
- Needed only 107 pitches to complete the shutout, the 4th-fewest pitches among his 15 9.0 innings complete games…did not reach a 3-ball count the entire game.
- He now leads the Majors with 140 strikeouts…in the AL, is also 6th in ERA (2.92), T5th in quality starts (12) & T1st in IP (132.2)
- Is 3-0, 1.40 ERA (7 ER, 45.0 IP) with 56 strikeouts (11.2 K/9.0 IP) in last 6 GS.
- Recorded 20th career CG last night…first pitcher since Mark Mulder (2000-04) to record 20+ CG by age 26.
- Has 7 starts of at least 8.0 IP while allowing 1 or fewer runs this season (most in the Majors).
- Was Felix’s second shutout this season with 12 or more strikeouts. He struck out 13 Red Sox in a shutout on June 28. He becomes the first pitcher to have multiple shutouts with 12 or more strikeouts in a single season since Randy Johnson did it twice for Arizona in 2002. He is only the second Mariner to achieve the feat, joining Johnson, who did it twice in 1995. Some other interesting data about his pitches was outlined by ESPN Stats & Information.
The Mariners played a pair of Turn Back the Clock games during the first half of the season, both times honoring the Seattle Rainiers of the 1950′s. Ironically, Felix Hernandez made the start in both games, May 26 at home vs. the Angels and July 8 on the road vs. the A’s (or Oakland Oaks). Here is a look at Felix in his Rainiers home and road uniforms.
Over the next five games (starting tonight), the Mariners will send to the mound five different starting pitchers, all from different countries. Erasmo Ramirez (Nicaragua) will start things off and will be followed by Jason Vargas (United States) in the Sunday finale against the Boston Red Sox. The three pitchers who will face off against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Monday will be Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), Felix Hernandez (Venezuela) and Hector Noesi (Dominican Republic).
That 5-day rotation leads us to ask, how many countries have been represented by Mariners pitchers? When you add in the left-hander from the bullpen Oliver Perez (Mexico), and of course the American-born players, the list grows to seven on the active roster.
Since the Mariners began playing in 1977, pitchers from 12 different coutries have toed the rubber for the team including the United States (271 pitchers), Australia (2), Canada (7), Columbia (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (16), Japan (5), Mexico (5), Nicaragua (2), Puerto Rico (7), South Korea (1) and Venezuela (8).
Here’s a complete list of foreign-born Mariners pitchers:
Last night was one of those memorable night’s at the ballpark that fans will remember for a long time. Whether it was the dominating performance by Felix Hernandez, in which he tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts, or the great catches by Casper Wells and Michael Saunders in the outfield, and of course the walk-off single by John Jaso to deliver a 1-0 victory over Boston.
Here are some video highlight’s of last night’s 1-0 victory over the Red Sox:
Felix Strikes Out 13 Red Sox:
Jaso’s Walk-Off Pinch-Hit Single:
Felix’s Career Double-Digits Strikeout Games:
|2012-06-28||SEA||BOS||W 1-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||5||0||0||1||13||0||128||84||89|
|2011-05-22||SEA||SDP||W 6-1||GS-8 ,W||8.0||6||1||1||0||13||0||114||75||79|
|2010-08-10||SEA||OAK||W 2-0||GS-8 ,W||8.0||5||0||0||1||13||0||110||75||84|
|2011-08-07||SEA||LAA||L 1-2||CG 8 ,L||8.0||4||2||2||0||12||1||98||70||78|
|2007-04-02||SEA||OAK||W 4-0||GS-8 ,W||8.0||3||0||0||2||12||0||111||77||86|
|2011-06-02||SEA||TBR||W 8-2||GS-7 ,W||7.0||5||1||1||2||11||0||97||64||72|
|2010-08-20||SEA||NYY||W 6-0||GS-8 ,W||8.0||4||0||0||3||11||0||117||74||82|
|2010-06-30||SEA||NYY||W 7-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||2||0||0||3||11||0||115||76||91|
|2009-09-24||SEA||TOR||W 5-4||GS-8 ,W||8.0||7||4||3||2||11||1||108||77||63|
|2005-08-15||SEA||KCR||W 11-3||GS-8 ,W||8.0||3||1||1||1||11||0||99||67||82|
|2012-06-23||SEA||SDP||W 5-1||GS-7 ,W||7.0||6||1||1||1||10||0||94||64||70|
|2011-08-24||SEA||CLE||W 9-2||GS-6 ,W||6.0||7||2||2||2||10||0||106||72||58|
|2011-06-24||SEA||FLA||W 5-1||GS-8 ,W||8.0||2||1||1||2||10||0||115||76||82|
|2009-05-24||SEA||SFG||W 5-4||GS-8 ,W||8.0||7||4||1||1||10||1||112||83||67|
|2008-04-27||SEA||OAK||L 2-4||GS-7 ,L||7.0||6||4||4||4||10||0||115||75||55|
Tweet of the Night:
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 29, 2012
For the third time in four days, a Mariners starting pitcher recorded double-digits in strikeouts last night. Jason Vargas tied his career-high with 10 punchouts, joining rotation-mates Felix Hernandez (10 Saturday at SD) and Erasmo Ramirez (10 Monday vs. OAK).
How long had it been for the Mariners to record the baseball-rarity of back-to-back games with starting pitchers recording 10+ strikeouts? Well, the answer is almost 13 years! You have to go all the way back to Aug. 23-24, 1999 when Paul Abbott and Freddy Garcia notched consecutive starts with 12 strikeouts.
And here is another interesting note to put things in perspective. With Felix, Erasmo and Jason all recording 10 strikeouts in a 4-game stretch, the Mariners became the first team to have a trio of starters each with double-digits in strikeouts over a 4-game stretch since the Arizona Diamondbacks Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2003: Randy Johnson – 11 K, Brandon Webb – 11 K, Curt Schilling – 10 K.
Here is a video look at the three 10-strikeout games:
Felix Dominates San Diego:
Erasmo Strikes Out 10 A’s:
Vargas Ties Career-High with 10 Strikeouts: