Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez Shines Brightest in Battle of Aces
In a rare exhibition of Felix Hernandez starting an interleague game on the road, Seattle Mariners fans got to see him with a bat in hand three times on the night.
The Mariners are in California for a two-game set against the San Diego Padres. They sent their respective ace out to the mound in hopes of ending a three-game win steak by the Mariners. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner spent some time on the disabled list earlier this season. When he has been healthy, Padres fans would be hard pressed to suggest another guy more deserving of a 2014 All-Star game appearance than Cashner.
If Cashner was Superman tonight, Hernandez was nearly Kryptonite. Felix was not at all magnanimous against the competition. He was downright dirty by humbling an already rather futile Padres lineup. Cashner allowed only one run over seven strong innings. Hernandez, on the other hand, retired 15 consecutive hitters during the game at one point. He fanned 10 batters in his seven innings, the second time in June King Felix has reached double digits in strikeouts.
Unfortunately for both starters in the game, there was little run support. Though both pitchers lived up to their designation of being the team ace, both were left with no decisions and this game game was put in the hands of the bullpen.
Both Hernandez and Cashner deserve to appear in the All-Star Game this July for their respective ball clubs. However, right now in their careers, the only thing Cashner can brag about having over Hernandez is a higher career batting average. Hernandez plays in the AL and does not get to take many live hacks at the plate. His career AVG is .125, whereas Cashner’s is .198.