Coming just a J.D. Drew single short of throwing the first no-hitter by a visitor at Fenway since Jim Bunning in 1958, Felix Hernandez rendered the Boston bats impotent last night in Seattle’s 3-0 win, grabbing the global spotlight from what had been a highly anticipated Daisuke Matzusaka / Ichiro Suzuki reunion. From the Seattle Times’ Larry Stone.
With stuff that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek called “electric,” Hernandez extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 17 innings, during which he has yielded just four hits.
Contrasted with Matsuzaka’s solid but unspectacular effort in his Fenway unveiling (seven innings, eight hits, three runs), Mariners outfielder Jose Guillen could come to just one conclusion: Felix was, and is, the superior pitcher.
“You can see the big difference between those two guys,” he said. “To me, there’s no comparison right there. If you know baseball, and saw what was there today, you don’t even need to ask that question. That was a great lineup they had on the other side.”
Say what you will about Jerry Narron as a disciplinarian, but it’s a hell of a way for Juan Castro to get some at bats.