Whenever Felix Hernandez gets the start, there is a good chance for the Seattle Mariners to win the game. Unfortunately, that was not the case on Tuesday night when the Mariners lost 7-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
King Felix got off to a rough start, giving up a solo home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game. Hernandez settled down after that, and ultimately only gave up three earned runs on one hits in an uncharacteristically short five innings of work. The remaining runs for the Blue Jays can be attributed to four errors by the Seattle defense. You aren’t going to win many games when you have twice as many errors as you have runs scored.
The loss is all the more depressing because the Mariners were facing Josh Johnson, who was 1-8 with a 6.60 ERA coming into the game. With Felix on the hill, it seemed a sure thing for the Mariners to take game two of the series. Alas, it was not to be.
The Blue Jays took advantage of Seattle’s mistakes and beat one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. The Mariners’ inability to score runs again haunted them, the lone offensive production being a 2-run triple by rookie Brad Miller late in the ball game.
The team appears to be descending into a pretty serious slump. They haven’t been able to put runs on the board consistently in the last week, the bullpen is reeling from almost uniformly awful performances and the starting pitching is slipping some as well. The team needs to turn things around soon before they face the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics next week.