The hype going into Felix Hernandez’s start against the Nationals in the DC twitterverse on Friday was unreal. It was the first time the Nationals were facing King Felix, who is the best right handed pitcher in all of baseball. The stats were scary.
Like Dave Jageler said:
Felix is 7-0 with a 1.77 ERA with extra rest. He is pitching with 6 days rest tonight. #icouldgoonandon
— Dave Jageler (@DaveJageler) August 30, 2014
Many fans were hoping for the best and wishing the Nats good luck.
— Matt’s Bats (@MattsBats) August 30, 2014
Coming off the 3-game sweep by the Phillies in Philadelphia, there was one thing no one was seriously confident would happen: winning.
Even after Anthony Rendon launched the first pitch he ever saw from Hernandez over the wall in the top of the first, when Seattle scored two runs in the bottom of the inning and Jordan Zimmermann had some control problems, the game may have seemed to be over. But it wasn’t. Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, and Wilson Ramos all connected on home runs off Felix. The Nats hit 4 home runs off Hernandez, the most he has ever given up in his career. In fact, he hadn’t given up more than 1 home run this whole season.
That was not it for the Nationals. Bryce Harper and Ramos joined the party too (off former Nats reliever Joe Beimel) to guide the Nats to a surprise 8-3 victory over the Mighty Mariners.
This was a shocker around the country. I was sure I would wake up to see that the Nationals lost this game. It’s a good thing they won, since Atlanta beat the Mets. The Nats victory keeps them 6 games ahead in the NL East and lowers the magic number to 23.
We’ve faced the biggest challenge in Seattle, now let me tell you an amazing fact:
Since moving to Washington in 2005, the Nationals have played the Mariners 10 times and have won all 10 games.
Tonight, the Nats try to clinch the series by beating Rookie Roenis Elias, and then play Hisashi Iwakuma on Sunday.