Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore and video of Scott Servais and Felix Hernandez discussing the Mariners' 3-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.
From the opposing clubhouse: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus
On overall thoughts after another tough game: “It was what it was billed to be. Two very good pitchers going at it, Felix and Verlander, and they both pitched outstanding. You know tonight the difference was the eighth inning.”
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On how closely he was watching Verlander’s pitch count: “It was close, I was watching it very close. He was up a little bit early but, like good pitchers do they tend to have a short inning to get their pitch count back where it needs to be. So that’s what he did and he was able to give us a little extra, up to 120 pitches, and you know help the bullpen out.”
On how tough Felix was or if the offense is just going through a stretch where they aren’t clicking: “No he was good. He had good movement on his fastball, obviously he used all four of his pitches. He’s always had a good changeup, mixed in the slider and curve, but it was really the movement on the fastball which was I think at its best tonight.”
Seattle has now won 6 straight and completed back-to-back series sweeps. Seattle is 18-7 in the last 25 home games since June 24, including the current 6-game win streak.
- Seattle was 15-18 in the first 33 home games, including 0-5 to start the season.
The Mariners swept the Tigers in Seattle for the first time since July 29-31, 2003.
- Swept Detroit for the first time since April 24-26, 2012 in Detroit.
Seattle has hit 12 home runs to tie the game or take the lead in 8th inning or later this season, T5th-most in MLB.
- Minnesota, Oakland and Texas are tied for the Major League lead with 13 such home runs.
Nelson Cruz (3×4, R, 2B, HR, RBI) hit his 28th home run of the season, a go-ahead solo shot in the 8th inning.
- It was his 12th go-ahead home run of the season (last: Aug. 3 vs. Boston).
Robinson Canó (1×2, R, HR, RBI) hit his 25th home run of the season with a solo shot in the 1st inning
- Marks his 6th season with at least 25 home runs…joins Jeff Kent, Dan Uggla and Ryne Sandberg as the only 2nd basemen (primary career position) with six 25+ home run seasons.
Felix Hernandez went 7.0 IP tonight and allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 8.
- Is now 4-1, 1.88 (10 ER, 48.0 IP) with 57 strikeouts and 10 walks in 7 career home starts vs. Detroit.
- Is 9-3, 2.48 (27 ER, 98.0 IP) with 97 strikeouts and 27 walks in 15 career starts against the Tigers…12 of his 15 starts have been quality starts.
Felix Hernandez made 117 pitches, his most since 119 on Sept. 1, 2012 vs. Los Angeles-AL.
- 27th career start with 117+ pitches.
Seattle starters have gone at least 6.0 innings in 16 of the last 21 games (7/18-c) and 7.0+ innings in 9 of the last 21 games, including 7 of the last 12
- During that stretch, are 8-4 with a 3.56 ERA (52 ER, 131.2 IP) with 109 strikeouts.
Arquimedes Caminero appeared in his 3rd straight game since being acquired from Pittsburgh.
- In 4.0 scoreless innings, he hasn’t allowed a hit while striking out two.
The Tigers were limited to 1 run or less for the 20th time this season (last: 8/8 at SEA)…also marked the 2nd time this season scoring 1 run or less in back-to-back games (also: 3 G, 4/21 at KC & 4/22-23 vs. CLE).
The Tigers were limited to only 4 hits tonight…marked the 8th time this season to record 4 hits or less in a game (last: 3 H, 7/18 vs. MIN)…marked the 37th time in franchise history to be limited to 4 hits or less in a game by the Mariners (last: 3 H, 6/1/14 at SEA).
Justin Verlander went 7.0 IP and allowed 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6.
- Has allowed 2 runs or less in each of his last 8 starts, including recording 7 quality starts…during this stretch, dating back to July 2, he is 5-0 with a 1.78 (11 ER, 55.2 IP)…has allowed 2 runs or less in 15 of his 24 starts this season.
- Is now 10-8 with a 3.25 ERA (50 ER, 138.2 IP) with 130 strikeouts in 20 career starts vs. Seattle.
Detroit starters are 10-4 with a 3.30 ERA (54 ER, 147.1 IP) in 25 games since the All-Star Break.
Victor Martinez (2×2, 2 BB) has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games, the longest active on-base streak in the A.L…during the streak is batting .375 (24×64) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 11 RBI.
- Is hitting .326 (106×325) with 33 runs scored, 20 doubles, 13 home runs and 61 RBI in 86 career games against the Mariners.
Ian Kinsler snapped his 8-game hitting streak tonight.
- During the streak he hit .406 (13×32) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI.