03/16/12 8:20 PM ET
Felix displays fine form in Tucson outing
By Sarah Trotto / Special to MLB.com
Hernandez allowed one hit in six shutout innings in the Mariners' 6-1 victory over the Brewers at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Hernandez struck out six, issued one walk and hit a batter. Of his 80 pitches, 50 were for strikes. The right-hander struck out all three batters swinging in the third inning.
After dominating a lineup that lacked most of the Brewers' regular players, Hernandez said he was focused on building up his pitch count and getting his work in. He did that.
"I was throwing all my pitches, and they were working pretty good," Hernandez said.
King Felix, who sports a 1.38 ERA this spring, said he'll make another start on Wednesday. The Mariners depart for Japan on Thursday and will play two exhibition games against Japanese teams before opening the regular season March 28 against the Oakland A's in Tokyo.
Hernandez will throw a couple bullpens before starting that opener.
"I'm close," Hernandez said. "We're close to Japan, too. I've got one more start, and I'll be ready to go."
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Hernandez will throw around 100 pitches in his final spring start.
"Felix threw the ball very well today," Wedge said. "We got him up to right around 80 pitches, which is where we wanted to get him. He did a nice job today."
The one hit Hernandez allowed was a single by Caleb Gindl with one out in the fourth inning. Hernandez got a flyout, issued a walk and got another flyout to get out of the inning.
"They're professional baseball players," Hernandez said of the lineup he faced. "Try to make good pitches and just get them out."
Several of the Mariners' regulars joined Hernandez for the two-hour trip to Tucson. The teams played at the ballpark formerly used by the Diamondbacks and White Sox for Spring Training.
"It was fun," Hernandez said.
When told he was the main attraction for the rare Spring Training game in Tucson, Hernandez smiled.
"Awesome, awesome," he said. "I feel pretty good. Good thing I threw a good game."
Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.