SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past seven years, but he’d never thrown a no-hitter. Nor had the Mariners ever had a hurler fire a perfect game. Until now.
Hernandez, 26, continued his masterful midseason run with the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariners history, as Seattle topped Tampa Bay, 1-0, on a picture-perfect Wednesday afternoon at sunny Safeco Field.
“I realized in the third or the fourth,” Hernandez said on the field after the game. “It was in my mind the whole game. I was like, ‘Come on, you gotta do it. You gotta do it. When I came out in the ninth, I was a bit nervous.”
The 2010 American League Cy Young winner struck out 12 in the best outing of his career.