Six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners more than enough to beat the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field on Monday night.
Boston, who is coming off dropping three of four with the Oakland Athletics, has not had a great start to this west-coast swing and were looking to John Lackey to to keep up with King Felix. However, Lackey just didn’t have his best stuff and Seattle pounded out 14 hits, seven of them coming off the Red Sox starter.
Lackey had an opportunity to get out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth. He got Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley to hit a grounder to first baseman Mike Napoli, who got the force at second but due to no cover of first by Lackey, there wasn’t even a chance at a double play. It would have been a really tough spot for any starting pitcher to make that play, so odds are the inning wouldn’t have ended.
Former New York Mets great, and personal friend Endy Chavez (yes, that’s a minor league baseball name drop) hit a triple over Brock Holt‘s head in right to score three runs and start to put the game out of reach.
Napoli had two hits and a homer, and Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz also had two hits each while the rest of the lineup was pretty quiet. It’s hard to score off King Felix, so the critic in me can stay quiet for another night.