Jun 8, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Hernandez strikes out 15, sets new career high


The Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Herandez struck out 15 batters on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, which set a new career high for the former Cy Young winner.

Hernandez had set a previous career high record at 13 strikeouts which he has done three times before tonight. The 5-0 win resulted in Hernandez handing a scoreless game to the Seattle bullpen. He allowed only four hits throughout the seven innings he pitched; throwing 66 strikes and 100 pitches.  

Only three previous Mariners have hit this record of 15 strikeouts in one game. Randy Johnson was able to do it a total of 17 times while playing with the Mariners. Mark Langston did it twice. Mike Moore managed 15 strikeouts once.

Hernandez is now 10th among active pitchers and 97th all time on the strike out charts with 1,809.

Hernandez had won his previous five starts, which was two away from tying the team record currently held by Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Scott Bankhead in 1989.

Yoervis Medina threw a scoreless eighth inning for the win.

Hernandez also became the eight pitcher in MLB history to record his 1,800th strikeout before the age of 29. The other seven on this list include Sam McDowell, Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, Don Drysdale, Bob Feller, Dwight Gooden and Pedro Martinez.

Hernandez is on pace to have his sixth consecutive 200-inning and 200-strikeout season.

 

 

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