Hernandez tossed a perfect game on Wednesday afternoon, sending all 27 Tampa Bay Rays hitters he faced back to the dugout at Safeco Field. Felix struck out 12 Rays.
After the game, Hernandez said he had always wanted to throw a perfect game. And that when he was warming up in the bullpen, he knew he had "pretty good stuff." In the third, he said he knew "something was going on."
"It's always in my mind, every game," Hernandez said. He added that he was excited to throw the perfect game at Safeco because the fans deserved it -- and so did he.
It was the first no-hitter of any kind for Felix and the first for the Mariners since June 8, when six pitchers combined to no-hit the Dodgers. Before that, the last Mariners no-hitter was thrown by Chris Bosio in 1993. It was the first perfect game in franchise history.
Earlier this year, the Mariners were themselves the victims of a perfect game thrown by Chicago's Philip Humber. They have become the first team to both throw a perfect game, and be subjected to one in the same season.
The Mariners defeated Tampa Bay 1-0.