Felix Hernandez tied Randy Johnson’s record for most strikeouts by a Seattle Mariners pitcher in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees, on Saturday.
“It’s nice. I wasn’t happy with my performance today, but we got the win,” said Hernandez, following the game. ”And to tie Randy, it’s an honor to be there with him. He’s a great guy, first of all. He taught me a lot when he was in Seattle. We talked a lot. Just to be up there with him, it’s an honor.”
There were two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Hernandez struck out Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius for his 2,162nd K. He ranks third among active pitchers for strikeouts, sitting behind Yankees’ CC Sabathia (2,582) and Mets’ Bartolo Colon (2,250).
He didn’t have a great outing as he walked six, tying his career record, but the Mariners were able to pull ahead early to give Hernandez (1-1) his first win of the season. He now sits just one victory away from Jamie Moyer’s franchise record of 145 wins.
The 30-year-old is in his 12th season with the Mariners ball-club. He will have the opportunity to break the Johnson’s record and tie Moyer’s record on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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