May 23, 2011 in Sports

Dominant Felix caps Mariners sweep

Hernandez strikes out 13 as Seattle wins fifth straight
 
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Felix Hernandez allowed one run on six hits and didn’t walk a batter over eight innings Sunday.
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SAN DIEGO – Felix Hernandez put a giant exclamation point on a rousing weekend for the Seattle Mariners.

Hernandez tied his career high with 13 strikeouts and the Mariners completed a three-game sweep with a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

“I felt like he was throwing the ball as good as we’ve seen this year for a good portion of the game,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “He kind of had to grind through it the last couple of innings.”

Hernandez (5-4) allowed one run and six hits without a walk as the Mariners won their fifth straight. They held a commanding advantage over San Diego in runs (14-2) and hits (32-14) while striking out 35 Padres batters in the series.

“I don’t like to give credit to the opposing pitchers, but these guys threw well this weekend,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

The Mariners have allowed two runs or less in their last seven games. They held the Padres to six hits or fewer in each of the three games.

“It’s an amazing starting (staff),” Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo said. “We just need to put some runs on the board and we’ve been doing it and winning games.”

Hernandez, the reigning A.L. Cy Young Award winner, kept up the stingy pace. He gave up three singles in the seventh for San Diego’s only run, but struck out seven of nine batters during one stretch.

“We’ve been doing a great job, and not just the pitchers,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been busting it and working hard.”

The right-hander did not walk a batter as he snapped a two-start skid.

“He was good, no doubt about it,” Black said. “He had all his weapons and when you stake him a lead, I think he gets stronger. He’s a front-runner.”

Seattle starting pitchers have gone at least seven innings in nine straight starts and in 14 of 17 games this month. In the last seven games, the starters have allowed only four earned runs.

Carlos Peguero and Brendan Ryan each had a two-run double to pace a Mariners offense that came into the game with A.L.’s lowest batting average and the second-fewest runs in the majors.

Tim Stauffer (0-3) gave up three runs and a season-high 10 hits, including Peguero’s two-run double in the third, over six innings. Corey Luebke started the seventh and gave up consecutive singles to Adam Kennedy and Olivo. Ryan then greeted reliever Luke Gregerson with a one-out double to drive in two runs and give Seattle a 5-0 lead.

Olivo had three of Seattle’s 15 hits and scored three runs. Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single in the ninth.

San Diego’s only run came after a leadoff single by Chase Headley in the seventh. With one out, Cameron Maybin singled and Chris Denorfia’s two-out singled scored Headley.

Seattle ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
I.Suzuki rf 501100.288
Figgins 3b 501000.212
Smoak 1b 512001.271
A.Kennedy 2b 512001.276
Olivo c 533000.222
Peguero lf 402201.200
F.Gutierrez cf 101100.154
Ryan ss 512200.225
M.Saunders cf-lf 401012.180
F.Hernandez p 400002.000
Pauley p 000000
Totals 43615617
San Diego ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Venable rf 401001.224
Bartlett ss 401001.261
Headley 3b 411001.255
Hawpe 1b 401002.233
Maybin cf 301002.262
O.Hudson 2b 300001.226
Denorfia lf 301100.333
Ro.Johnson c 300002.197
Stauffer p 100001.118
E.Patterson ph 100001.200
Luebke p 000000.000
Gregerson p 000000
Cantu ph 100001.200
M.Adams p 000000
Totals 31161013
Seattle 012000201—6150
San Diego 000000100—160

LOB—Seattle 11, San Diego 3. 2B—I.Suzuki (8), A.Kennedy (6), Peguero (1), Ryan (7), Hawpe (8). RBIs—I.Suzuki (16), Peguero 2 (6), F.Gutierrez (1), Ryan 2 (13), Denorfia (6). SB—A.Kennedy (5), Olivo (1). CS—Bartlett (1). RLSP—Seattle 6, San Diego 1. RMU—Ryan.

Seattle IPHRERBBSOERA
F.Hernandez W,5-4 86110133.01
Pauley 1000001.03
San Diego IPHRERBBSOERA
Stauffer L,0-3 61033133.88
Luebke 1/3222014.21
Gregerson 12/3100013.00
M.Adams 1211021.25

IR-S—Gregerson 2-2. IBB—M.Saunders. WP—Luebke. T—2:43. A—34,705 (42,691).

DateResultM’s starter
May

16

Seattle 5,

Minnesota 2

Pineda

7 IP, 0 R, W

May

17

Minnesota 2,

Seattle 1

Hernandez

8 IP, 2 R, L

May

18

Seattle 3,

L.A. Angels 0

Vargas

7 IP, 0 R, W

May

19

Seattle 2,

L.A. Angels 1

Fister

8 IP, 1 R, ND

May

20

Seattle 4,

San Diego 1

Bedard

8 IP, 0 R, W

May

21

Seattle 4,

San Diego 0

Pineda

7 IP, 0R, W

May

22

Seattle 6,

San Diego 1

Hernandez

8 IP, 1 R, W


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