Aside from getting the odd run now and again, Felix Hernandez doesn't regularly need much help winning games for the Seattle Mariners.
This season, he's getting it - and so are teammates - from a Kings Court section of yellow-t-shirted Felix fans in the left field corner during each Hernandez start at Safeco Field. Tonight, they were a thousand strong - and had an impact on the game.
"“They’re always loud, I love hearing them," Felix said after the Mariners beat the Florida Marlins, 5-1, and returned to being a .500 team.
And it wasn't just Felix those fans cheered on. After Miguel Olivo tied the score at 1-1 in the seventh inning, and Franklin Gutierrez put Seattle ahead for good with a two-out, two-run single, the Kings Court started having fun.
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In the eighth inning, after Dustin Ackley walked to get to Olivo, those fans started chanting - 'Ooooh! O-Liv-O!' - and the chant grew louder and louder as Olivo's at-bat went on.
"That was awesome," Felix said. Did it affect Olivo? "It must have - he hit a home run."
Olivo's 12th home run finished the Marlins and pushed Felix's season record to 8-6 with 3.19 earned run average. The win snapped the Mariners three-game losing streak.