Facing “King” Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners is a challenging task. After all, he is one of the best pitchers in baseball. For three innings, he appeared on his game, retiring the first nine Yankees in order. A pitcher has to be on his own game against him.
But even great pitchers have off nights, and in the fourth inning, the King cracked. In the fourth and fifth innings, Hernandez gave up six hits, a wild pitch and five walks for seven runs, the capper being a grand slam by Mark Teixeira as the Yanks won 7-2 to take a one game lead in the AL East at 27-25.
The Yanks got two in the fourth on singles by Gardner and Headley, a wild pitch that brought one run in,and after two walks, a DP ball on which another run scored.
They knocked out Hernandez in the fifth. A walk, single, walk and Headley’s SF brought in one run. Another walk by Hernandez, now uncharacteristically wild, loaded up the bases and Teixeira’s 15th HR of the season (#378 career) made it 7-0.
Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was holding his own, going six innings to gain the victory.
A-Rod got one hit, #2987. He is now 13 away from 3000.
Pineda (W, 7-2, 3.33) 6+ IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 9 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.49.