Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez struggled on the road with his 100th career win on the line Saturday afternoon. Hernandez was simply not good enough, while the Chicago White Sox appeared to be too much in the 4-3 loss.
Even though the Mariners were able to get on the scoreboard first in the second inning, the White Sox were determined to make sure Hernandez’s special win did not occur on their home field.
The right-hander allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out three batters in 6 1/3 innings. All four runs occurred in consecutive innings.
Hernandez will have another opportunity to record 100 wins, but he will not be able to do it while still being 26 years old. The reason why this is significant is because only three players in Major League Baseball history have been able to pull off the rare feat of 100 wins and 1,500 strikeouts before turning 27 years old. Hernandez will turn the age of 27 on Monday after being forced to watch history fall through his grasps.
Seattle made a comeback in the eighth inning after being down by three runs. Michael Saunders belted a two-run home run after Brendan Ryan lead off the inning with a single to bring the score within one. Unfortunately, the heroics were simply not enough.
Hernandez is 1-1 with a 2.57 earned run average and 11 strikeouts in two starts this season. It is hard to say if he will be able to record win No. 100 in his next start, as he will face the difficult Texas Rangers. However, the good news is that it will be played at home where King Felix’s fan base will turn out in large numbers to support him.