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SACRAMENTO – The Tacoma Rainiers scored four runs in support of five shutout innings from Felix Hernandez in a 4-0 Pacific Coast League victory over the Sacramento River Cats on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 7,356.
Unlike Hernandez’s debut – a losing effort last week in which he received little run support – the Tacoma offense banged out 10 hits to back the 19-year-old star-in-waiting
It was the first victory for the Rainiers’ (4-3) over the River Cats (5-2) in the four-game set at Raley Field, which concludes today at 12:35 p.m.
Before the game, Tacoma manager Dan Rohn said Sacramento would be a good test for his young pitcher.
Hernandez responded by striking out five and scattering five hits and three walks on 88 pitches, pitching out of situations with a runner on third base in the fourth and fifth innings.
Hernandez continued to pitch hard late into his outing, reaching 95 mph with his fastball on his 85th pitch. Rohn said he would be careful with his young arm at this point in the season, hoping to limit Hernandez’s pitch count to 80 to 85 pitches.
“We’re protecting him,” Rohn said. “I expect him to get better and better each time out.”
Right fielder Dustin Delluchi drove in the first run of the game with a hard line-drive single that hit off the glove of first baseman Dan Johnson. Delluchi, who was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, has now hit safely in four consecutive games.
Wiki Gonzalez, who reached after being hit by a pitch to start the eighth inning, scored on an RBI single by Shin-Soo Choo that extended Tacoma’s lead to 3-0. Choo, another of the Mariners’ top prospects, led off the fourth with a solo home run – his first of the season. He finished 2-for-4, with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Rainiers picked up their fourth run in the ninth on Gonzalez’s ground-ball out, scoring Delluchi.
Hernandez was removed after walking two consecutive batters in the sixth, but reliever Chris Buglovsky quickly got three consecutive outs to end the inning.
Sacramento starter Seth Etherton took the loss.