The Stat Line of the Night – 8/10/10 – Felix Hernandez
Throughout the 2010 MLB season, it has often appeared as though the only chance the Seattle Mariners have to win ball games is if their pitching staff can shut out their opponent. With a league worst .236 batting average and 369 runs for, to say that the Mariners’ bats have been sleeping all year would be an understatement. However, if there has been a bright spot to what has otherwise been an abysmal season in Seattle, it is the top end of their pitching rotation, which features the likes of Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez. Last night it was the latter’s turn to shine.
Once again, the Mariners’ bats were quiet, providing Hernandez with only two runs, but that was all the righty needed as he shut the Oakland A’s out over eight solid innings of work. Of the 24 outs recorded, 13 were via strikeout, while allowing only five hits and just a single walk. It was another solid performance from Hernandez, who has seen several of his strong performances go to waste this season. However, on this night he would not let that happen again, earning himself the victory, and “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, August 10, 2010.