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After 11 strikeouts in seven-plus innings, Seattle’s ace left the mound to the same song and same cheers.
“It was a really good song,” Hernandez said.
With the usual “King’s Court” for Hernandez home starts expanded to a “Supreme Court” encompassing the entire stadium with yellow shirts and “K” cards, Hernandez gave up four hits in the 28th double-digit strikeout game of his career.
Hernandez was charged with two runs and walked none. He has 30 strikeouts against two walks in his three starts.
“I have to throw good games. There are a lot of people here,” Hernandez said. “If you throw a bad game it’s not going to be good.”
Hernandez has been exceptionally good to start 2014. He’s allowed five earned runs in his three starts and 14 total hits. He set down the first 10 Oakland batters Friday before Jed Lowrie’s one-out single in the fourth.
Three of Oakland’s four hits off Hernandez came in the span of five batters in the fourth and fifth. Josh Donaldson followed Lowrie’s hit with an infield single, but Hernandez pitched out of the jam with strikeouts of Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes.
“I thought his stuff was exceptional tonight,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He had a great mix of all his pitches.”
What should have been a comfortable win became shaky because of Seattle’s bullpen.
Lucas Luetge walked his only batter. Danny Farquhar walked Lowrie on a 3-2 pitch to score Barton. Moss added a broken-bat single off Charlie Furbush for the second run charged to Hernandez, and Cespedes beat out a potential double play to score another. Furbush threw a wild pitch that Fuld scored on to cut the deficit to 6-4, but Callaspo popped out to end the rally.
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