King Felix Can Boast The Crowning Achievement
Felix Hernandez finally reached perfection pursued since his debut at age 19, his boyish face, curly hair and a hat that could never fit well.
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The Venezuelan ace no longer have to spend nights wondering if this would be achieved at which time the crown jewel, AP reported.
“I always had in mind, in every game.” I have to throw a perfect game. “It’s something every pitcher wants,” said Hernandez. “Today happened and is something special. I have no words for it. This is great. Does not happen every day.”
Hernandez threw the first perfect game of the Seattle Mariners and the number 23 in the history of Major League Baseball, the handcuff on Wednesday at Tampa Bay with a masterful pitching gem for the 1-0 victory.
The 2010 Cy Young had never hidden his ambition to throw a perfect game. On a sunny afternoon at home, finally got it against the Rays.
For a franchise route to his eleventh straight season without the playoffs, Hernandez is the lone reason for Mariners fans lose interest.
The Creole is idolotrado in this part of the country, located in the Pacific Northwest. Not only for his brilliant performances, but for their loyalty to the city of Seattle.
When he could have waited and signed a mega contract to go elsewhere, Hernandez extended his contract in 2010 and thus be tied to the club until the year 2014.
And so, that when those fans with yellow shirts in a section of Safeco Field is known as the “Zone of the King” began chanting his name at the beginning of the eighth inning, the whole stadium stood in line at a glorious.
The screaming and cheering reached its pinnacle at 03.02 pm, Seattle time, when Hernandez threw a called third strike to strike out Sean Rodriguez and unleash the celebration.
Tucked away in a crowded elevator after the game, Mariners manager Jack Zduriencik joked to be the cell phone in his ear, saying, “We will not redeem Felix.”
The Hernandez was the third game in the majors this season, joining Philip Humber Chicago White Sox in April and Matt Cain of San Francisco in June. The Humber was perfect at the same Mariners, while Cain did against the Astros.
In addition, Johan Santana pitched a no hitter for the Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals in June.
“I searched so long to get one (perfect game).’s Today (Wednesday) is for you,” Hernandez said the public to speak from the ground after the final out.
Desmond Jennings pinch-hit for catcher Jose Lobaton to start the ninth. Hernandez put in mind of 1-2 before Jennings stick consecutive foul two hits and struck out Hernandez swinging with a 92 mph fastball in the strike zone. Jeff Keppinger came to the plate instead of Elliot Johnson hit a grounder to shortstop out on account of 1-2.
With one out in the end, Rodriguez Hernandez confronted and mounted with a 2-0 count. Hernandez responded with two breaking balls and strikes with perfection crowned with a called third strike.
Hernandez raised his arms to heaven and his teammates swarmed him on the mound. The Venezuelan catcher John Jaso embraced for a few seconds and then shared hugs with the rest of his teammates.
More than half of all perfect games (12) have occurred in the last 25 seasons.
This was the sixth no-hitter in the majors this year, three of them at Safeco Field. After the jewel of the Humber, the Mariners’ six pitchers combined to allow no-hit the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 8. Only twice have had seven no-hitters in a season since 1900. The first time was in 1990 and then in 1991, with Nolan Ryan throwing two in those years.
For the Rays, this is common. It was the third time in four seasons that are the victims of a perfect game for Dallas Braden in 2010 and Mark Buehrle in 2009.
”One thing I have learned of no-hitters and perfect is to have no signicadao next day,” said the pilot of the Rays Joe Maddon.”
Hernandez was the domain of low to high in the party. He walked in the first five innings, knew how to turn-outs difficult and delaying tactics of the Rays. It is not daunted by the pressure itself out as it approaches the 27. Eight of his 12 strikeouts were the last four innings, taking by way of strikes at three batters in the sixth and then in the eighth. He threw a 95 mph pitch in the ninth.
For two starts against the Yankees, Hernandez threw a two-hit shutout and Mariners manager Eric Wedge was considered as the best way out of Hernandez. It is clear that this Wednesday was much better.
”It was special about today. Was on another level,” said Wedge. “But Felix is so consistently good when it exceeds its limits, which we have seen this year, you never know what can happen.”
The right of 26 years mad at the Rays with his curveball during the afternoon. Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena struck out in the eighth, fanning breaking pitches.
“With any lineup, the result would have been the same,” Jaso said.