Felix Hernandez is a seven-game winner the Seattle Mariners would like to help get on a roll, which would mean, like, scoring runs in all his remaining starts.
That won't be easy tonight - is it ever for this team? - when Jered Weaver matches up against them.
The Mariners lineup tonight is lefty-heavy, but after Ichiro's .325 batting average, no one else in the game has an average higher than .259, more than seven home runs or more than than 37 RBI.
What that means is Felix can't have a bad inning. It helps explain how a man with a 2.88 earned run average has lost five times this year.
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- It figures to be a low-scoring affair, and after Weaver allowed one hit - a Justin Smoak single - in the first two innings, Hideki Matsui doubled against Hernandez leading off the second. Mike Napoli hit a shot off the glove of third baseman Jose Lopez, who retrieved the ball in time to tag Matsui trying to reach third. Juan Rivera singled. Kevin Frandsen singled home Napoli but was out trying to stretch the hit to a double. After two: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0.
- Jack Wilson singled and took second on a wild pitch, but Ichiro grounded out and Chone Figgins struck out. Oh, that Seattle offense.
- Felix hit Erick Aybar with a pitch and Howie Kendrick doubled him to third. Bobby Abreu singled Aybar home. Torii Hunter grounded into a double play, Kendrick scoring. In the third: Los Angeles 3, Seatte 0.
- Fifth inning, and Felix struck out his first batter of the night. Seattle has three hits - or as many as Howie Kendrick tonight. Angels have three runs.
- Gutierrez singled and, with one out, stole second base. Casey Kotchman flied out. Smoak homered, his first as a Mariner. In the seventh: Los Angeles 3, Seattle 2.
- Fernando Rodney now pitching for the Angels. Ichiro struck out, almost certainly ending his hitting streak at 14 consecutive games.
- In the ninth, Brian Fuentes, the ex-Mariner. It's a final: Los Angeles 3, Seattle 2.