In its latest iteration, the old Oakland Coliseum has been rebranded as the O.co Coliseum thanks to corporate sponsor Overstock.com. Based on what’s transpired the past few seasons, they could just as easily call it King Felix’s Palace. There are plenty of reasons for the Mariners not to like the worn-down relic, but the place is special for their ace pitcher. And that’s good enough for them. On a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon with the field finally in playable condition, Felix Hernandez delivered another outstanding performance in the cavernous old stadium. The Mariners got 81 / 3 solid innings from Hernandez, the first save from Fernando Rodney in a Seattle uniform and home runs from Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte in a 3-1 victory over Oakland. “He’s not bad at all,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said jokingly after the game. “It was one hell of a game.” Hernandez was dominant for his first eight innings, allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. He lost his shutout bid in the ninth inning, giving up a leadoff solo homer to Jed Lowrie. Brandon Moss followed with a sharp single to center field and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. McClendon came out to the mound and had a brief conversation with Hernandez, then returned to the bench. The plan was simple. Hernandez would pitch to the free swinging Yoenis Cespedes and then be done. “He made the decision and it was up to him,” Hernandez said. It worked out well. Hernandez got Cespedes to pop out to right field. There was a mildly hairy moment during the Cespedes at-bat when he hammered a ball to left field. The high fly ball hooked foul at the last moment.
Mariners beat Athletics, 3-1, behind Felix Hernandez
Seattle Times | Apr 6