There was a beating so bad in Boston today, it just bears repeating. And it involved the abrupt dethroning of ” Seattle Mariners starter “King” Felix Hernandez. On Saturday evening, The Red Sox belted out a 22-10 win over the Mariners at Fenway Park.
For the second time in as many days, Boston erupted at the plate and seemingly scored runs at will against usually one of the best pitchers in the league. Jackie Bradley Jr. led the offensive surge with a 5-for-6 night, including two home runs, five runs scored and seven RBI’s. It was part of a 26-hit night for Boston, as they tagged Hernandez for 10 runs before terrorizing Seattle’s bullpen. They slapped Hernandez with one of the worst recorded losses of his career.
It’s been an emotional weekend already for Boston, as they found out on Friday that manager John Farrell will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with lymphoma. So in response, the Red Sox opened up the first two games of the weekend series against Seattle by totaling 37 runs and 47 hits. It makes them the third team since 1953 to score 15-plus runs and 20-plus hits in back-to-back games. The 22 runs allowed by Seattle was the most in franchise history and teh first time they have allowed 15 or more runs in consecutive games.
Hernandez was chased early in the third inning. He opened up the game in normal fashion, getting out of the first inning unscathed. But then Boston torched him for five runs in both the second and third inning. He was responsible for 10 runs on 12 hits and a total of three home runs. He’s given up 23 runs in his last four starts.
It was an entirely different game for Boston starter Wade Miley. He had a strong outing, going seven innings and only allowing two runs on four hits. He notched eight strikeouts and picked up his ninth win of the season. Their bullpen had their issues, but enough damage was done that not even the 10 allowed runs mattered in the least. After the game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expressed his thoughts on the blowout.
There’s not a lot you can say. We got our butts kicked. The only silver lining in all of this is today we scored 10 runs. The offense came alive and kept battling. And there no injuries. You just move on and get ready for the next one. It was a bad outing for Felix. I don’t know what to say. We need a good start tomorrow.
An interesting thing to note is Pablo Sandoval exited the game after three innings, due to a bruised right elbow. Hernandez hit Sandoval in the elbow with a pitch in the third, leaving him doubled over in pain for a few moments while a trainer tended to him. He remained in the game and later scored on Alejandro De Aza’s home run. He was taken out of the game and examined for further damage. The X-ray on his elbow was negative and interim manager Torey Lovullo expects him to be on a day-to-day basis.
Rookie lefty Henry Owens will try to carry Boston to a sweep on Sunday, as he faces another lefty in Vidal Nuno. Owens picked up his first career win in Detroit last Sunday, holding the Tigers to one run on three hits over five innings. First pitch at Fenway Park is set for 12:35 P.M. Central. The game will be broadcast in both local markets as well as online with the MLB At-Bat app.