Felix Hernandez has dominated the Oakland A’s throughout his career, and today was no exception as he pitched seven shutout innings en route to a Seattle Mariners’ 4-0 victory.
Hernandez struck out eight batters, walked just one and allowed five hits.
The A’s didn’t have many baserunners, but when they did, Hernandez quickly shut down the threat.
Jed Lowrie led off the fifth inning with a double, and advanced to third with one out on a sac fly. However, he tried for home plate on a fly ball to right by Chris Young, and was thrown out by Endy Chavez to end the inning.
Oakland had another glorious opportunity to get on the board in the seventh, when Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit singles to start the inning. However, Josh Donaldson struck out, and Lowrie promptly hit into an inning-ending double play.
A.J. Griffin pitched in and out of trouble for most of the night, but couldn’t escape the sixth inning when he allowed a grand slam to Henry Blanco, a veteran catcher who just signed with the Mariners yesterday.
With runners on second and third, Griffin intentionally walked Michael Saunders to get to Blanco, and that decision cost him big time as the A’s fell into a 4-0 hole. It was Blanco’s second career grand slam, and his first since 2000 (meaning he’s due for another one in 2026).
The A’s had one final chance in the bottom of the ninth against the Mariners’ Yoervis Medina when their first two batters reached base, but Medina quickly retired the side without a problem to end the game.
Oakland will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon when Bartolo Colon takes on Hisashi Iwakuma in the pitching matchup.