Hernandez, Mariners hold on to beat White Sox
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[August 27, 2016]
CHICAGO -- Even before he took
the mound, Felix Hernandez knew how gassed the Seattle Mariners'
bullpen was and the longer he could work on Friday night, the
So even when a bout of dizziness set in and the Mariners' ace
couldn't feel his legs temporarily, Hernandez knew he didn't have a
choice other than to fight through not feeling well.
He ended up getting all the help he needed.
Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Edwin Diaz
pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and then
worked a scoreless ninth as the Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox
3-1 at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I knew I was facing (White Sox ace Chris) Sale, he's a great
pitcher and it was going to be a tough game," Hernandez said. "I
knew I needed to go deep into the game. I went in there and did my
Hernandez (9-4) outdueled Sale, who took the loss despite striking
out 14 in a complete-game effort. Hernandez scattered eight hits and
allowed only a Todd Frazier solo home run in the seventh inning to
win his fifth straight game.
In addition to Diaz recording the final five outs for his 11th
straight save, Hernandez got a big boost from third baseman Shawn
O'Malley. O'Malley barehanded a slow roller by White Sox shortstop
Tim Anderson with the bases loaded and no out in the eighth inning.
O'Malley charged the ball and threw home to force out J.B. Shuck,
who reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a Tyler
Saladino single and a walk to Adam Eaton. Diaz entered the game at
that point, needing to pitch out of trouble to protect the Mariners'
"I was confident (in Diaz) because he's tough," Hernandez said. "I
was not worried about it."
With a nifty defensive gem that Mariners' manager Scott Servais
called the play of the game, O'Malley put any worries about allowing
the White Sox to come back to rest.
"I just realized I had to bare-hand it and get rid of it as quick as
I can," O'Malley said. "Fortunately, it worked out."
The play allowed Hernandez to earn the win while doing just enough
to beat Sale (15-7), who allowed five hits and pitched five innings
of no-hit ball as he retired the final 16 hitters he faced.
But as good as Sale was, Hernandez's outing impressed the White Sox
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"If I wasn't pitching tonight I would have been watching every
pitch," Sale said. "You run into a guy like that, he's special.
There's no doubt about it."
The Mariners led 3-0 after four innings as they touched up Sale for
a run in three straight innings after Sale needed only 10 pitches to
breeze through the first inning.
Adam Lind's RBI double in the third extended the Seattle lead an
inning after the Mariners loaded the bases with nobody out.
But the Mariners had to settle for only a run in the second inning
when O'Malley -- who was hit by a pitch to start the inning --
scored when Sale got Guillermo Heredia to ground into a double play.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Franklin Gutierrez
solo home run after Sale retired the first five batters he faced.
The White Sox had a couple of base-running blunders and Hernandez
got Shuck to line into a double play in the fifth inning, keeping
the Mariners' early lead intact.
"Thank God we (scored) early because I think everybody saw when
(Sale) gets on a roll, it's lights out," Servais said. "We had no
chance, really, after the fourth inning."
NOTES: Mariners 3B Kyle Seager missed his third straight game with a
bruised foot. Manager Scott Servais said Seager felt much better
Friday, but was still not ready to return to the lineup. Seager is
expected to play on Saturday against the White Sox but that he will
have to continue to play through some pain. Servais said when Seager
returns, the Mariners will likely recall a relief pitcher from the
minors to bolster their bullpen. ... White Sox LF Melky Cabrera
missed his second straight game due to flu-like symptoms. ... C Alex
Avila (right hamstring strain) was activated from the disabled list
after not playing since July 5. A roster spot opened up Friday after
the White Sox traded Dioner Navarro to Toronto for LHP Colton Turner
before Friday's game. Navarro was hitting .210 with six home runs
and 32 RBIs in 85 games. Turner was assigned to Double-A Birmingham.
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