Postgame videos of manager Scott Servais and Felix Hernandez, quotes from the Indians clubhouse and notes.
Felix Hernandez’s postgame video
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From the opposing clubhouse …
Manager Terry Francona:
On Felix’s effectiveness: “Everybody talks about the way he spins the ball. He is really good at that. I just thought the way he made his fastball and his change-up go the other way, it gave him two different directions, two different speeds. He commanded the baseball so well. His feel for what he wanted to do was so good.”
On Kluber’s outing: “He hung a breaking ball to Cano on the first pitch, and he mis-located the fastball on the next pitch (to Cruz), and that was it. … He settled down and pitched just like you hope.”
On the Mariners pre-game tribute to his father: “I was stunned. I wasn’t ready for that. It was very classy on their part. I kind of had to catch myself right there.”
Shortstop Francisco Lindor:
On his diving play up middle: That is the difference between 0.1 and 0.3 (seconds in reaction time) is plays like that. I was helping out the pitching staff. I didn’t help hitting today.
On Felix’s effectiveness: Every out he got … we were out front.
Starting pitcher Corey Kluber:
On the pitch to Cruz for two-run home run: “It was supposed to be a cutter down and away. I just got underneath it, and it ended up kind of just spinning, hanging pretty much middle-middle.”
On settling in after allowing the home run: “I didn’t throw a very good pitch to Cano, I didn’t throw a very good pitch to him. It is the first inning … and those pitches are magnified (in a close loss). I wasn’t going to reinvent anything at that point. It was just a matter of going out there and executing.”
The Mariners are now 25-17 in season openers and have won 11 of their last 14 season openers.
The Mariners have held opponents to 3 or fewer runs in 12 consecutive Opening Day games (2007 – c), the longest such streak in MLB history.
Tonight’s attendance of 47,149 marks the largest regular season attendance in Safeco Field history.
Félix Hernández made his 11th Opening Day start, tossing 5.1 innings without allowing a run on 2 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts.
- Marks Hernández’s 6th career Opening Day start allowing 1 or fewer runs, tied for 2nd-most all-time (also: Juan Marichal and Tom Seaver)…trails only Walter Johnson (8).
- Lowered his career Opening Day ERA to 1.52 (13 ER, 76.2 IP), 2nd-lowest all-time among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings pitched on Opening Day (Walter Johnson, 1.31/18 ER, 124.0 IP).
- Holds a career 2.50 ERA (119 ER, 427.1 IP) in March/April.
- Is now 4th all-time in the Majors with 78 strikeouts on Opening Day (most: Randy Johnson, 107).
Félix Hernández is now the 7th pitcher in Major League history to record 10 consecutive Opening Day starts, the longest active streak in the Majors.
Nelson Cruz (1×3, R, HR, RBI) homered on the first pitch he saw… marks the 4th time he has hit a home run on Opening Day… is now T3rd most Opening Day home runs in the majors since he made his debut in 2005.
- Is batting .303 (10×33) in his 10 Opening Day starts.
- Has homered in 7 of his last 12 games dating back to last season (9/20/17 – c).
Mitch Haniger (3×3, 2B) went 3×3 with a double… in 2017 he batted .342 with (27×79) with 20 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 16 RBI in March/April.
- Is the 20th player in club history (done 22x) to record at least 3 hits on Opening Day (last: Seth Smith, 4/6/15 vs. LAA – 3 H).
- Is now batting .714 (5×7) against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber.
- Recorded his 11th career 3+ hit game (last: 9/11/17 vs. TEX).
Juan Nicasio made his Mariners debut and pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
- Holds a career 2.29 ERA (18 ER, 70.2 IP) with 74 strikeouts in the 8th inning.
Ichiro Suzuki (0x2) made his 12th Opening Day start for the Mariners, 3rd most by any player in franchise history… trails only Edgar Martinez (15) and Ken Griffey Jr. (13).
Cleveland is now 60-58 all-time on Opening Day.
Corey Kluber made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, becoming the 4th pitcher in franchise history to make 4 consecutive Opening Day starts.
- Is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA (13 ER, 26.2 IP) on Opening Day.
- Tossed 8 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts.
- Marks the 38th time in his career pitching 8+ innings and giving up 2 or fewer runs (last: 9/12/17 vs. DET).
Edwin Encarnacion (1×2) has hit safely in 4 consecutive Opening Day starts.
- Made his 13th straight Opening Day start.
Rajai Davis came in as a pinch runner in the 9th inning and picked up his 1st stolen base of the season…Davis tallied 29 stolen bases in 2017