In losing the middle game of their series at Safeco Field, the
San Francisco Giants received another sub-par performance from
their Cy Young Award-winning pitcher.
The Seattle Mariners can certainly relate.
Felix Hernandez again tries to break out of his prolonged slump
in Sunday’s finale with a Giants team countering with Madison
Bumgarner, who is looking to win his fourth straight start.
Pitching for the first time at the major league level in his
home state, Tim Lincecum allowed five runs and five hits over five
innings in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Mariners (28-39). The
two-time NL Cy Young Award winner dropped to 0-6 with a 6.44 ERA in
his nine outings since the start of May – all losses for San
Hernandez (4-5, 3.70 ERA) finds himself in a similar funk. In
his last six starts, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner has a 6.37 ERA,
causing his mark for the season to jump nearly two runs from
“I’m tired of pitching like that,” he said after allowing five
runs, nine hits and three walks in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to
offensively challenged San Diego. “I’ve got to do something about
As bad as things are going, Hernandez was in a similar position
at this point of the 2010 season. The right-hander had a 3.77 ERA
on June 8 before posting a 1.48 ERA the rest of the way to go on to
win the Cy Young.
His start against the Padres was his first in 11 days after he
left his outing against the Chicago White Sox on June 1 with a
stiff back. He didn’t blame his poor performance on the injury or
extended time between starts.
“I was fine. My body feels good,” Hernandez told the Mariners’
Seattle, which hasn’t won with Hernandez on the mound since May
21, snapped a six-game losing streak Saturday. After hitting .200
with 13 total runs during the skid, the Mariners got first-inning
homers from Casper Wells and Jesus Montero.
Montero finished with three of Seattle’s 12 hits, and Ichiro
Suzuki’s fifth-inning single brought him within one hit of 2,500
for his career.
“It was really nice to see us score some runs here at home and
put something together like we did tonight,” manager Eric Wedge
While Seattle’s offense came to life against the struggling
Lincecum, it could revert to its sputtering ways when facing
Bumgarner (8-4, 3.08) for the first time.
In 7 2-3 innings against Houston on Tuesday, the left-hander
allowed two runs and six hits and also hit his first career home
run in a 6-3 victory. He walked none and struck out a season-high
12 for his third double-digit strikeout performance in his last
This could spell trouble for Seattle, which ranks second in the
AL with 522 strikeouts.
Hernandez has a 3.21 ERA in winning his two career starts
against the Giants – he’s allowed four homers in 14 innings, though
– with the most recent meeting coming in 2009.
San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera, 3 for 11 lifetime against
Hernandez, had an RBI single Saturday after hitting a two-run homer
in Friday’s 4-2 win. He’s batting .417 over his last 25 games.