King Felix struggles in rehab start with AquaSox

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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 09: Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Safeco Field on May 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

EVERETT, Wash. – A sold out crowd of 5,189 took in to see Felix Hernandez, returning to where his career began, and were hopeful to see the Mariners ace work his way back into the majors.   Kyle Lewis backed Hernandez by going 3-5 with a double, triple, and 4 RBIs.

King Felix finished with a line of 3 2/3 innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB and 6 strikeouts.  Despite showing some rust, Felix delivered a show to the sun-bathed fans of Everett Memorial Stadium.

The Spokane Indians got on the board first when Darius Day hit a line drive over the head of Kyle Lewis to reach third base. He was then promptly hit in by a Blaine Prescott single that bounced over the head of third baseman Johmbeyker Morales, making the score 1-0.

Austin Grebeck led off the bottom of the third with a walk and stole second base.  He then reached third and scored on two wild pitches by Reid Anderson, knotting the score at 1.

Kyle Lewis stepped to the plate and crushed an RBI double, giving the AquaSox their first lead of the game.  Johmbeyker Morales then drove in Lewis with a laser off the center field wall, making the score 3-1 AquaSox.

In the fourth inning Felix got into trouble, allowing a walk, and back-to-back softly hit singles. Todd McDonald hit an RBI single, and Stephen Lohr followed with an RBI groundout to third base knotting the score at 3.

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