When Seattle’s Felix Hernandez starts against the Indians, the bats tend to wilt. Maybe that’s why folks here refer to him as King Felix. However, after 10 straight quality starts against the Indians, the Mariners pitcher faltered, and the Indians were able to beat the visitors 9-3.
Hernandez only lasted three and two-third innings, giving up six earned runs, while his counterpart, Ubaldo Jimenez, went six innings, and allowed three runs. The result, more misery for the Mariners and for the Tribe, more time residing in first place in the division.
A four-run fourth inning was the catalyst for the Tribe as they stroked three RBI doubles. One of those two-base hits was by Travis Hafner, who snapped an 0-25 streak with runners in scoring position. Hafner followed up the double with a roundtripper in the sixth inning as the Tribe banged out 14 hits on the night.
The Indians host Seattle once again on Thursday at 12:05 as young Zach McAllister takes the hill. He is 1-1 on the season.