Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the Rays last week was one of the best sports moments of the year. One of the premier pitchers in baseball reaching hallowed ground? Yes please. Hernandez followed up his dominance last week with an oustanding performance last night, albeit one that wasn't perfect. In a 5-1 Mariners win over the Indians, Hernandez allowed just one run on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings, walking just one and striking out five. He actually went into the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied at one before Seattle's offense exploded and gave him some run support, and as a result, his 12th win of the year. Hernandez has suddenly given Justin Verlander some competition in the AL Cy Young race, and that's awesome. The best moment from last night however, was a crowd of 39,000 at Safeco Field wearing the Hernandez perfection shirts that were given away before the game and waving K signs throughout most of the game. It looked absolutely awesome.
Game of the Night: Padres 7, Pirates 5 (ten innings). If you look at TOC staffer Pat Lackey's Twitter page, you can tell that this game made him irate. The Pirates led 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, but a Will Venable groundout tied the game at three. Chris Denorfia hit a sac fly in the seventh to put the Padres in front (despite AJ Burnett having no business starting the inning for the Pirates), and veteran Chad Qualls (who has been awful all year) allowed a sac fly to Carlos Quentin to make it 5-3. However, the Pirates fought back, tying the game at five in the ninth on a two-run homer by Garrett Jones. In the bottom of the tenth, newly called up Daniel McCutchen made his inning count: he walked Venable, then allowed a walkoff two-run homer to Chase Headley. The Pirates are now clinging to the playoffs by just half of a game.no comments