Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/22/13
Though it was in condensed form Felix was his normal self and the Mariners beat the Angels on a rare righty home run from Justin Smoak. No one's quite sure why the Mariners haven't shut Felix Hernandez down. The sense though was that it was about pride as Felix would like to finish stronger than he'd looked recently and the 200 innings pitched plateau was an important milestone to him. While Felix came up just short of reaching the latter goal it certainly seemed like he accomplished the former. Felix Hernandez became the first pitcher in the history of baseball to strike out 10 batters in a start that lasted four innings or less. It's a very specific stat and it's not an unusual feat due to the skill required just that if you strike out ten guys you normally go longer than four innings. But still Felix was Felixing. Not you know the meme-ified version of Felixin—just being his normal self. And that's the thing Felix was such his normal self that no one really seemed to notice. Yes he did strike out the side in the first but when he exited following the fourth with those 10 strikeouts and then this stat was brought up it elicited a bit of a "Oh woah. Felix struck out 10? Nice." reaction.
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