GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Felix Hernandez threw two scoreless innings with two hits in his Cactus League debut on Tuesday in the Mariners' 4-1 victory over the Dodgers, but said he's got some work to do as he moves forward this spring.
Hernandez's unhappiness stemmed over his inability to control his normally lethal changeup.
"My changeup wasn't working," Hernandez said. "I threw it a lot of times and it was garbage. It was bad."
"Probably the feel, probably the adrenaline, probably the first game," Hernandez said.
So the Mariners' ace wasn't perfect in his initial Cactus League appearance, but he still kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard in his two frames. After Puig ripped his first pitch -- a fastball -- to left-center for a double, Hernandez walked Carl Crawford on four pitches.
But he said he was intentionally pitching around Crawford to set up the double play, and that ploy worked to perfection when Hanley Ramirez promptly grounded into a twin killing before he struck out Andre Ethier to strand Puig at third.
Having a chance to work out of a jam got his competitive juices flowing. And for a first spring game, that was something to work off of as well.
"Always. It's always going to be like that," Hernandez said after bearing down. "I'm going to try to get them out, try not to let them score any runs and that's what I did."