BY SPNW Staff 02:48PM 08/15/2015

Game recap: Red Sox 22, Mariners 10


Felix Hernandez marked the third anniversary of his perfect game (2012 vs. Tampa Bay) with an utter clunker (even his change up failed him). The Mariners (54-63) followed with an epic pratfall, losing to the Boston Red Sox 22-10 Saturday at Fenway Park (box score) as a sorry encore to their 15-1 drubbing Friday night. Boston led 19-2 entering the eighth as Seattle established franchise records for most runs and hits allowed in a game (see below). This is how bad it was: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston’s No. 9 hitter, went 5-for-6 (two homers, three doubles), drove in seven runs and scored five times.

Essential Moment

Mookie Betts singled on Hernandez’s third pitch of the game and the rout was on. The Red Sox scored five runs in the second, five more in the third, four each in the sixth and seventh innings, three in the eighth and added a single run in the fourth. The Mariners came back against a lame Boston bullpen with eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings long after the issue was decided.


With the score 19-2 in the eighth, Nelson Cruz ripped his 35th home run, a two-run shot to left center. Austin Jackson also had a two-run homer (seventh of season) in the eighth, cutting Boston’s lead to 19-6. Jackson finished with three RBIs. Mike Zunino hit a solo homer in the ninth, his 11th of the year.

The Mariners had 13 hits, went 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded six. After homering in each of the past 13 road games, the Mariners have 105 extra-base hits since the All-Star break, most in the majors.

The bottom three hitters in Boston’s order, Alejandra De Aza, Blake Swihart and Bradley, combined for 10 hits, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Six Red Sox hitters had at least three hits and two besides Bradley, Xander Bogaerts and Swihart, had four each. In the first two games of the series, that 7-8-9 trio produced 18 hits and scored 17 runs.


Hernandez lasted only 59 pitches and 2.1 innings, allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits. He became the 11th pitcher in franchise history to allow 10 or more. Jamie Moyer (Aug. 9, 2000 vs. Chicago White Sox) and Ryan Rowland-Smith (July 27, 2010, also vs. the White Sox) allowed 11. The three homers allowed by Hernandez — two came on his change — fell one shy of his career high of four (Aug. 29, 2014 vs. Washington). Hernandez has given up 12-plus hits in a game 10 times, topped by 13 in a Sept. 24, 2008 contest against the Angels.

The Seattle bullpen also allowed 10 earned runs, including three by backup catcher Jesus Sucre, who made his second mound appearance of the season, working the Boston eighth.


“There’s not a lot you can say. We got our butts kicked. The only silver lining today was that we scored 10 runs. From that standpoint, I’ve got no issues. Felix threw a clunker, that’s the way it is. He just didn’t have it. We need a good start tomorrow and get out of here with a victory. We’ve pitched pretty darn good this year. It’s just unfortunate this happened” — Manager Lloyd McClendon.


The most comparable back-to-back thumpings to Friday’s (15-1) and Saturday’s (22-10) occurred May 10-11, 1994, when the Chicago White Sox wiped out the Mariners 16-2 and 14-6 at Comiskey Park. Those games were started by Roger Salkeld (seven earned runs) and Chris Bosio (also seven) . . . The runs allowed are the most in team history. Seattle gave up 20 in a 20-3 loss to Detroit April 17, 1993 . . . The Mariners are the first team to surrender 15 or more runs in consecutive games since the 2007 Tampa Bay Rays . . . The Mariners are only the third team since 1953 to allow 15-plus runs and 20-plus hits in consecutive games. The Cubs did it June 12-13, 1990 against the Mets, and the Rays did it July 21-22 against the Yankees . . . After allowing 21 hits Friday night, they yielded a franchise-record 26 Saturday. This is the first time in club annals that Seattle has given up 20 or more hits in consecutive games. The record for hits allowed was 24, to Minnesota Sept. 29, 1989, and to the White Sox Aug. 9, 2000.


The series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 10:35 a.m., PT. LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.00) will throw for Seattle opposite LHP Henry Owens (1-1, 3.60), a rookie.


  • Trygvesture

    One can’t help but visualize Wiley E. realizing he’s run way past the edge of the cliff, hovering wide-eyed in a brief moment of dismay and then (cartoon Whoosh noise) he falls out of sight.

    Yeah, they scored ten, but 8 were after it was 19-2 in the 8th– like Boston needed to be sharp at that point…

    47 hits against in two games? 37 runs in two games? (Whoosh)

    • art thiel

      The track record is breathtaking. Once Toronto makes the playoffs, the Mariners 14 year drought will be baseball’s longest — all on Lincoln’s tenure.

  • Rj Smith

    I’m so sick of the Princess Felix nonsense. He is not an ace PERIOD! He is the most overrated pitcher in the game. He is so mentally fragile. I’m sick of the excuses made for him by the broadcasters & Lloyd McMuffin…… “He just didn’t have it today” or “his change up wasn’t working”…… are you kidding me? It’s the same crap from these idiots everytime this goofball gets smashed, which has been several times in 2014-2015. So when his change up allegedly isn’t “working”, whatever the hell that garbage means, he gets a free pass to allow 12 hits, TEN runs in 2.1 or EIGHT runs & only get one lousy hitter out?! So he doesn’t have other pitches to get hitters out with? And then these idiots allow 37 runs in TWO games to a garbage ass team such as themselves? This is the performance you get from this team when the Seattle starts dreaming publicly abouts these clowns sweeping Boston this weekend & “getting back into playoff contention”. Don’t make me laugh. This team is the biggest joke in the AL. And of course they’ll trot out this same garbage roster headlining the Princess & his 4 ERA at the top of the rotation in 2016, except of course with a couple of annual stellar Trader Jack Z acquisitions of bottom of the barrel, washed up NL’ers to come play out of position, hit less than their weight & get DFA’d in June. The Z/Howie Lincoln clownshow will continue in 2016.

    • art thiel

      Felix remains an ace, as his good games show. But you’re right, the best figure out a way to keep the team in the game without good stuff. When he fails, its BP. And the short outings helped kill the pen.

  • Lodowick

    There’s no argument that there is something disturbing about this team and I use the word TEAM loosely. A good deal of talent, yes. But, quite probably, no team in major league baseball history has ever pitched a no-hitter and then given up 15 runs and then 20 runs in the very next game. “As strange a thing as I know not”. Curious. Curiouser and curiouser. And everyone gets to keep their job? Alice in Wonderland? Who’s the caterpillar smoking the hookah? Jack? Lincoln? Is everything upside down?

    • art thiel

      I see you’ve been through the looking glass.

      Felix has to take some season-long responsibility. His short starts helped kill the bullpen. Felix’s emotions have to be right, and for reasons unknown, are not.

      • Lodowick

        Yes, I absolutely agree with you Art. There is something there. Too many seasons wasted by August mean his edge disappears when this happens? Maybe. The one horrible start last September may have been a fluke. But I think I’m right in saying he’s had casually poor Septembers in his career.

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  • Lodowick

    The Seattle Mariners, the team many predicted could make the World Series, now have the worst run differential in the American League. Wow. That kind of says it all.

    • Rj Smith

      I want to know how many times these idiots have allowed 10 or more runs as opposed to how many times they’ve scored that many during the Trader Jack Z reign of stupidity. I would bet it’s more than a 3 to 1 ratio in the wrong direction. How do you allow 15 runs one day & 22 more the next? That is insane. Everybody feels sorry for Princess Felix because he’s never pitched in the postseason. The simple fact is, he had the opportunity last year but melted down the stretch & was terrible….. why does that sound familiar? Can’t wait to not watch them get their pathetic azzes kicked again today. This team is a discrace to MLB.

      • art thiel

        You’re right about Felix last season. They needed him big in September, and he wasn’t.

    • art thiel

      Epic fail. Jack’s biggest failure is inability to get players developed who can be MLB average.

      • Trygvesture

        Well, that and smarming his way to a quasi credibility –that Lincoln falls for year after year –on the backs of the few good scouts he’s managed to retain under him while kicking others down the road with ignorant arrogance. If they stumble onto one with some Big League potential, he needs the position so badly he drags them up through the minors to fail– ignorantly believing he’s signing all Griffey Jrs or Oleruds. That he couldn’t create depth at catcher in –how long?– is grounds for tar and feathering.
        Sady, somebody will come along after Jack, say the magic words of yes sir yes sir, 3 bags full to Lincoln and get the job that demands only obeisance to the self annointed smartest guy in the room.

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