Felix Ready For Return

Felix Hernandez dominated like it was 2005 last night, delivering a strong rehabilitation start for the Tacoma Rainiers in a 4-1 victory over Colorado Springs.

In his first Tacoma appearance in 11 years, Felix tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just one run – a solo home run to the Sky Sox all-star catcher Manny Pina. Hernandez struck out seven and walked one, throwing 76 pitches (53 strikes).

It wasn’t exactly like 2005. Hernandez doesn’t throw 98 mph anymore – he was sitting mostly at 91-92 with his fastball. His change-up was tremendous, and was his go-to pitch to get a swinging strike. He also used his curveball both inside and outside of the zone.

Today Felix told the Seattle media that he feels great and is ready to go on Wednesday against the White Sox at Safeco Field.

All around, it was a great day at Cheney Stadium. The crowd gave Felix a lot of support, with the red “We R Felix” shirts and K-cards. It was a total sellout, with the attendance announced as 7,294.

Friday was also a great day for the Rainiers in the standings: both second-place Fresno and third-place Reno lost, and the Rainiers now lead the division over those two teams by 3.5- and 4.5-games, respectively.

For more details on Felix’s game, hit the first link down below.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tyler Smith‘s two-run homer in the fifth inning was all Felix Hernandez and Donn Roach needed as the Rainiers beat Colorado Springs, 4-1. D.J. Peterson hit a two-run single in the eighth to provide some breathing room.

Today: Colorado Springs (44-45-1) at Tacoma (51-40-1), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Aaron Wilkerson (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Jarrett Grube (0-1, 4.87).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has an 11-game hitting streak, and he has gone 24-for-64 over his last 15 games… Luis Sardinas has an eight-game hitting streak, going 11-for-32… Guillermo Heredia has hit safely in 14 of 17 games since joining the Rainiers.

Look Out For: Orlando Arcia is a 21-year-old shortstop who is considered a top prospect in the Brewers organization. He’s known for his defense, but he had two hits off Felix and he brings a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s game.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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PCL Game Reports:

  • Robert Andino homered twice and his New Orleans Zephyrs beat Fresno, 9-5.
  • Top prospect Jose De Leon struck out ten in Oklahoma City’s 9-3 win at Reno. De Leon is currently slated to start Wednesday at Cheney Stadium.
  • Round Rock got lapped by Sacramento, 11-4. The River Cats went 5-for-5 stealing bases.
  • Iowa coasted to a 7-2 win over Las Vegas, while catcher Tim Federowicz considered his future.
  • It was an eventful day in Omaha: Irving Falu broke the franchise career hits record (664!), and Omaha scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun Salt Lake, 6-5.
  • Nashville scored a bunch of runs late in the game to beat El Paso, 11-4.
  • David Dahl‘s grand slam helped Albuquerque double-up Memphis, 10-5. Dahl has put up some great stats in his first eight games for Albuquerque, but let’s wait until he plays some games less than a mile above sea level before we get too excited. All 16 PCL broadcasters will enjoy this photo of the Isotopes Park elevator operator.

The Rainiers have won four in a row. Let’s keep it going tonight!

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