The (53-35) Texas Rangers rolled into Seattle looking to make more headroom in their division but instead were steamrolled by the (37-52) Seattle Mariners.
Lead by ace starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, the Mariners held the Rangers to only three hits, as they pounded runs in to win it 7-0. Hernandez didn’t get the chance to play in the All-Star game, but he managed to put some All-Stars down himself, shutting out the Rangers, which was only the second time the Rangers have allowed a pitcher to do so this year.
The Rangers starting pitcher was none other than All-Star Yu Darvish. Darvish threw 106 pitches per MLB.com, as 65 of those were strikes. Darvish gave up eight total hits, with four of them being in the first inning. Hernandez, while throwing only his second complete game of the season, threw in 107 pitches, with 74 of those being strikes. Hernandez also managed to strike out 12 players, while the whole pitching crew for the Rangers(Darvish, Kirkman, Perez) only amassed 10 all together. Darvish gave up one home run and four walks, while Hernandez gave up neither.
“I was pounding the strike zone, I was throwing pitches in every count. If you get ahead against those guys, you’re doing a good job because they have a pretty good lineup.” said Hernandez. “Today was unbelievable.”
Jaso, the starting catcher was amazed by Hernandez.
“The biggest thing with the movement on his fastball was how late it was. He had pitches that looked like they were going to hit the plate, then all the sudden they were somewhere else. It was tough enough just catching it. I couldn’t imagine hitting him. His fastball was just moving all over the place. I thought he could have just lived with his fastball, making it do what it was doing. He was cutting it, running it, it was just nasty. But he threw all his pitches well.”
Jaso, added the only home run of the game, finished 2 of 3 with a walk. Ackley(2B) was 1 for 4 with a walk as well. Ichiro(RF), Wells(LF), Saunders(CF), Seager(3B), and (DH)Peguero all finished with one hit apiece. Justin Smoak and Brendan Ryan were the only two that didn’t get a hit. Although both made it to first on a walk, neither scored.
Over 29,000 were in attendance in Seattle to watch the Mariners bats heat up on a day that reached 82 degrees. Out of the nine Mariners that played today, seven of them got hits. Hernandez picked an excellent day to hammer the AL’s top team in hitting with a shutout. He added to his resume today, totalling his number to 56 strikeouts in his past six starts.