Felix Hernandez has owned up to some bad pitches, some dismal outcomes over the years, but the grand slam home run he allowed Saturday that beat him?
Not so much.
“It was a good pitch, inside fastball, and Alberto (Callaspo) just got his bat on it,” Hernandez said. “He talked to Miguel Olivo later and said ‘I don’t know how I hit that ball.’
“I don’t either.”
For the Mariners, Callaspo’s pinch-hit grand slam in the fifth inning was the game changer, turning a 2-1 Seattle lead into a 5-2 deficit from which they never recover, losing to the Los Angeles Angels, 5-3.
The loss was in keeping with the month of May for Hernandez, who is a Cy Young Award candidate most months of the season, but never in this one. Felix Hernandez is 10-20 in May throughout his career and has a 4.68 earned run average. This May, he’s 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA.
“I’m always terrible in May,” Felix said. “I don’t know why. I really have no idea, but it’s true.”
As for the Seattle offense: Six hits, including a Justin Smoak solo home run. Manager Eric Wedge didn't care for what he's seen of late.
“I’m disappointed with our overall approach at the plate,” Wedge said. “We’re taking too many strikes. We’re fouling off pitches we should be squaring up. We’re getting a little too picky with two strikes.”
And they're losing. Against the Angels, they're now 0-3.
“The last couple of years, they’ve beaten us pretty regularly,” second baseman Dustin Ackley said. “We think we’re good enough to play with them, to beat them this year.
“That’s what’s been tough about this series. We took two of three from Texas, we were playing well …”