Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Sunday’s start against the Athletics after five innings due to tightness in his right quadriceps, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. He had allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one against the Athletics Sunday afternoon.
The Mariners say Hernandez’s early exit was due to precautionary reasons. That makes it sound like Hernandez should still be expected to make his next scheduled start against the Rangers on Saturday.
In his Opening Day start against the Angels, Hernandez allowed one run on two hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. The right-hander finished as the runner-up to Corey Kluber in American League Cy Young balloting last season.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.