Felix Hernandez picked up another loss for the Seattle Mariners on Friday (August 23) that wasn't his fault. He had one bad pitch in the second inning, which turned into a two-run home run, and ended up losing the game 2-0. Hernandez pitched six strong innings, giving up just three hits and walking one batter. He also struck out 10 Angels hitters, but the Mariners offense just didn't support on this night.
The offense managed just five hits, with two of them coming from shortstop Brad Miller. It certainly wasn't enough to get any runs on the board and it didn't give the home crowd at Safeco Field much to watch. Because of the lack of offense, Hernandez fell to 12-7 on the season and took a huge hit in his chance at winning another American League Cy Young Award.
On the season, Hernandez has now started 27 games and pitched 184 2/3 innings for the Mariners. He only has a 12-7 record to show for it, despite striking out 192 hitters, boasting an ERA of just 2.63 and posting a WHIP of just 1.09. Those numbers would normally be good enough to win a Cy Young Award if they just had more wins to go along.
After this loss to the Los Angeles Angels, the Mariners are now just 59-68 on the season. The team still holds a three game lead in the AL West on the Angels, but cannot afford to lose any more games to them this season if they want to hold on to third place.