Seattle Mariners 4, Toronto Blue Jays 3: The King Reigns Supreme, Once Again Reminding his Subjects Never to Doubt Him

5-22-15_CruzMillercelebratoryHappy Felix Hernandez Day Everyone!

Today, was another example of why Seattle fans eagerly await their King’s starts. When the team has a rocky road trip, a start by the King usually lifts our spirits. Watching him make another team’s mound his own is a special treat to see.

He was back in usual form today, resuming his Cy Young award pace for wins and dominating hitters with 8 dominant strikeouts. Making a mistake only on one pitch, he was otherwise flawless through 7 innings.

He rallied the troops too; the M’s bats came alive in the clutch.  This game, they stopped leaving runners on base and really put in the extra effort for their King.  Nelson Cruz hit his 17th HR of the season, and Logan Morrison (LoMo) hit a 2-out triple in the 4th to bring in Kyle Seager and new catcher Wellington Castillo.

Fernando Rodney continues to give Mariner fans headaches.  This time he let up a 1-out 2 run shot by Chris Colabello in the bottom of the ninth. He was able to settle in and get the win, but he definitely made things interesting. We may need to all get our hearts checked if Rodney persists with these dramatic closings.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners
0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 0
Toronto Blue Jays
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0

Offensive Highlights

HR – N. Cruz (17)

RBI – L. Morrison (14), M. Zunino (13), N. Cruz (34)

Winning Pitcher:

Felix Hernandez – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. (7-1)

Losing Pitcher:

Marco Estrada – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5K. (1-3)

Save:

F. Rodney, (11)

SSU Player of the Game:

Felix Hernandez – The King is back in the zone, shrugging off his last start, and showing that we should never doubt him. He’s back on the path for an easy Cy Young award, and it doesn’t seem like anyone can stop him….even his own team.

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Matt Paige is the Baseball Managing Editor and a regular contributor on SSU TV and for Seahawks Football. He also writes the column "The Call-Up" and is a rabid fan of all teams Seattle (Except the Huskies. Go Ducks!).