It took him four tries, but ace Felix Hernandez finally won his 100th career game in the Seattle Mariners 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Hernandez is now 100-78 for his career after he threw six shutout innings, only allowing five hits and striking out nine Houston hitters.
This was the first time all season that Mariners’ offense was able to support Hernandez. The seven runs came off of three home runs from Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales and a mammoth shot from catcher Jesus Montero.
In his first four starts, the Mariners’ weak offense only mustered up nine total runs of support, so this offensive explosion was much needed for Seattle’s 175 million dollar man.
Winning one hundred games at age 27 is quite an accomplishment for a pitcher. Hernandez is still very young but he can be considered a veteran as he has pitched seven complete seasons in his nine-year MLB career.
Although this was his one hundredth overall win, it was also Hernandez’s first career win against the new American League West division-rival Houston Astros.
This is just another one on a long list of accomplishments that Hernandez has already achieved. “King Felix” notched his 1500th strikeout earlier in the month against the Texas Rangers and has the 2010 AL Cy Young award to his name. Not to mention the perfect game he threw against the Tampa Bay Rays last August.
Hernandez notched his second victory of the season on Monday and hopefully this run support will be a common theme and Hernandez will be able to add a 20-win season to his long list of accomplishments.